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Clin Med (Lond). 2010 Dec;10(6):630-2.

Lesson of the month (1). Myotonic dystrophy and out-of-hospital arrest.

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Department of Cardiology, The Hillingdon Hospital, Uxbridge, Middlesex.

Abstract

Myotonic dystrophy (MD) is an autosomal dominant disorder which affects both smooth and skeletal muscles. The incidence is approximately 1 in 8,000 births. It is the most common muscular dystrophy to manifest in adulthood, and the second most common skeletal muscle disorder after Duchenne MD. Cardiac rhythm disturbances are a common cause of death in these patients. This lesson describes a case in which a previously undiagnosed case of MD presented with an episode of ventricular fibrillation.

PMID:
21413493
PMCID:
PMC4951876
DOI:
10.7861/clinmedicine.10-6-630
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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