Clinical characteristics of aged Becker muscular dystrophy patients with onset after 30 years

Citation
M. Yazaki et al., Clinical characteristics of aged Becker muscular dystrophy patients with onset after 30 years, EUR NEUROL, 42(3), 1999, pp. 145-149
Citations number
16
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Neurology,"Neurosciences & Behavoir
Journal title
EUROPEAN NEUROLOGY
ISSN journal
0014-3022 → ACNP
Volume
42
Issue
3
Year of publication
1999
Pages
145 - 149
Database
ISI
SICI code
0014-3022(1999)42:3<145:CCOABM>2.0.ZU;2-G
Abstract
To elucidate the clinical characteristics of aged patients with Becker musc ular dystrophy (BMD), 4 patients with this disease who were over 50 years w ere examined. The ages at onset in all patients were later than 30 years. A ll were proven to have a deletion around exons 45-55 of the Duchenne muscul ar dystrophy (DMD) gene. Two patients became wheelchair bound in their 40s or beyond, while the other 2 (aged 73 and 69, respectively) were still able to walk at the time of examination. Three of 4 patients had no obvious hyp ertrophy in their calves, which is known to be one of the characteristic cl inical features in the juvenile BMD patients. Serum creatine kinase levels were elevated in all patients, but not markedly (mean 444.8 +/- 230.3 U/l; normal value < 180 U/l). Dilated cardiomyopathy was clinically apparent in 2 patients. We emphasize that some BMD patients are free of muscular sympto ms until their 50s and are still self-supporting in their 60s or 70s.