An 8-year-old girl developed weakness over 2 years and an elevated creatine kinase. The biopsy was most consistent with an active dystrophy with many inflammatory cells present. A trial of immunosuppression was started. In the first 2 months of treatment with prednisone, she had functionally and quantitatively significant improvement in her proximal strength. Over 3 years of treatment she maintained stable strength. Subsequent genetic studies showed that she had primary α-sarcoglycan deficiency. The timing and the degree of benefit in strength were similar to that seen in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy who are treated with prednisone.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Muscle and Nerve|
|State||Published - 1998|
- Duchenne muscular dystrophy
- Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2D