Anoctamin 5 and dysferlin mutations can result in myopathies with similar clinical phenotype. Amyloid deposits can occur in the muscle of patients with dysferlinopathy. We describe a 53-year-old woman with exercise intolerance since childhood, recurrent rhabdomyolysis and late-onset weakness. Muscle biopsy showed amyloid deposits within the blood vessel walls and around muscle fibers. Mutation analysis identified two pathogenic heterozygous mutations in anoctamin 5 and no mutations in dysferlin. To our knowledge this is the first report of muscle amyloidosis in anoctamin 5 muscular dystrophy. This finding suggests that patients with amyloid in muscle should be screened for anoctamin 5 muscular dystrophy.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We review the muscular dystrophies and metabolic myopathies associated with myalgia and rhabdomyolysis together with some less well-recognized associations based upon the personal practice of the authors. A careful history and clinical examination will direct investigation towards an accurate molecular diagnosis. Non-specific exercise-induced myalgia in the presence of muscle hypertrophy and a high creatine kinase will point towards a muscular dystrophy. Symptoms occurring within minutes of exercise and with isometric contraction, especially with a history of a 'second wind' phenomenon, suggest a disorder of glycogen metabolism. In those patients in whom symptoms occur after prolonged exercise, infections, fasting, stress, and cold, a disorder of fatty acid oxidation should be considered. Heat-induced rhabdomyolysis caused by exercising in hot and humid climates should lead the clinician to suspect a mutation in RYR1. Serum creatine kinase level should be a checked in all children presenting with leg pains. A careful history and examination and laboratory confirmation of myoglobinuria will target investigations leading to a correct molecular diagnosis.
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