Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy presenting with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: A case study

Department of Pediatrics, Kobe City, Medical Center, General Hospital, 6-4 Nakamachi, Minatojima, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0046, Japan.
Neuromuscular Disorders (Impact Factor: 2.64). 02/2009; 19(2):140-2. DOI: 10.1016/j.nmd.2008.11.011
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Only three facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) patients have been reported to have cardiomyopathy. An asymptomatic 38-year-old man was incidentally found to have electrocardiographic abnormalities. His echocardiogram demonstrated mild dilatation of the left ventricle and poor contractility. Cardiac histopathology indicated hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Later he developed muscle weakness in the right arm. Scapular winging and asymmetrical facial weakness were evident. Muscle biopsy at the age of 44 years showed myopathic changes consistent with FSHD. His daughter had symptoms of infantile FSHD, which was genetically confirmed. This is the first report of an FSHD patient with biopsy-proven cardiomyopathy.

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    • "The extensive use of the molecular analysis as diagnostic test in human hereditary myopathies has led to the identification of an increasing number of atypical phenotypes. This is particularly true for FSHD, in which various clinical features have been found in subjects carrying FSHD-sized D4Z4 alleles, including a facial-sparing form of FSHD (SHD) [42], limb-girdle muscular dystrophy [43], distal myopathy [44], asymmetric brachial weakness [43], chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia [45], asymptomatic hyperCKemia [46], hypertrophic cardiomyopathy [47], adult-onset distal myopathies with rimmed vacuoles [48], isolated axial myopathy with camptocormia and bent spine syndrome [49,50]. In addition, overlapping FSHD phenotypes in which 4q35 deleted D4Z4 mutation is associated with other pathogenic mutations in other genes, have been reported in cases of patients with mitochondrial myopathy/FSHD [51], Becker dystrophy/FSHD [52], Duchenne dystrophy/FSHD [53,54], Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy/FSHD [55], suggesting a synergistic effect of those simultaneous mutations in reaching disease threshold and determining overlapping phenotypes. "
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