Aug 25, 2017
At the age of 8, the patient started having difficulty climbing at school. She was unable to pull herself onto a horse or get into the car. She also walked differently than other children due to a waddling walk and would run as if she had “lead in her shoes”. At age 9, her CK level was high (around 11,000). Muscle biopsies showed mild muscle disease (myopathy) without inflammation and an MRI showed muscle inflammation (myositis) in the pelvis, thigh, and calves. Genetic testing for a number of muscular dystrophies was negative. The patient now routinely uses a wheelchair and has weakness in her upper body.
The patient also has shallow breathing at night (exertional dyspnea) as well as during activity, which is partly why she uses her wheelchair daily. She has also had difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) liquids, but this is currently resolved. These symptoms were thought to be due to her muscle weakness. Some of her other symptoms include shrinking muscle fibers (muscle fiber atrophy) and abnormal electrical activity in her muscles (myopathic abnormalities).
Clinicians and researchers are investigating the following genetic changes to see if they are causing the patient’s symptoms:
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