Autismus- Offener Zugang

Autismus- Offener Zugang
Offener Zugang

ISSN: 2165-7890


Triple Trouble: A Case Report of an Unusual Combination of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Epilepsy, and Autism

Mrazova L, Vondracek P, Danhofer P, Pejcochova J, Jurikova Z, Honzik T, Zamecnik J and Oslejskova H

We present a 4 year-old boy with an unusual combination of an inherited neuromuscular disorder-Duchenne muscular dystrophy, epilepsy and autism. The patient underwent an extensive clinical, biochemistry, molecular genetics, electrophysiological, and psychological examinations. We discuss a role of dystrophin expression and deficiency in both muscle and brain tissues in the pathophysiology of these disorders. An association between Duchenne muscular dystrophy and autism spectrum disorders has already been described, but this unusual phenotype, including DMD, epilepsy, and autism, has not been reported as yet. We postulate that this “triple trouble” is not a coincidence, but more likely a result of the same underlying process–the dystrophin deficiency.