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ESC Heart Fail. 2017 Nov;4(4):527-534. doi: 10.1002/ehf2.12165. Epub 2017 May 18.

Clinical profiles and prognosis of acute heart failure in adult patients with dystrophinopathies on home mechanical ventilation.

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Service de Réanimation médicale et unité de ventilation à domicile, centre de référence neuromusculaire GNMH, CHU Raymond Poincaré, APHP, Université de Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines, Garches, France.
Centre d'Investigation clinique et Innovation technologique CIC 14.29, INSERM, Garches, France.
UPMC INSERM UMRS974, CNRS FRE3617, Centre de recherche en myologie, Institut de Myologie, Groupe hospitalier Pitié Salpetrière, Paris, France.
APHP, Centre de référence maladies neuromusculaires Paris-Est, Groupe hospitalier Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris, France.
Laboratoire de génétique et biologie moléculaires, hôpital Cochin, AP-HP, Université Paris Descartes-Sorbonne Paris Cité, Paris, France.
Service de Cardiologie, Hôpital Cochin, APHP, Université Paris Descartes-Sorbonne Paris Cité, Paris, France.
Service de Physiologie - Exploration fonctionnelles, CHU Raymond Poincaré, APHP, Université de Versailles saint Quentin en Yvelines, Garches, France.



Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is characterized by respiratory and heart involvements. In the context of permanently wheelchair bound and on mechanical ventilation (MV) patients, the clinical presentation of acute heart failure (AHF) syndrome may be atypical. We sought to describe clinical and genetic profiles and to determine prognosis of DMD and Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) patients on home MV (HMV), hospitalized for AHF.


We included genetically proven DMD and BMD patients on HMV admitted for AHF. A total of 13 patients (11 DMD and 2 BMD) fulfilled the inclusion criteria. Median age was 34.0 [interquartile range (IQR) 26.0; 40.0] years. Median pulmonary vital capacity was 9.0% (6.0; 15.0) of predicted value. Long-term invasive ventilation was performed in 69% of patients. All the 11 DMD patients carried out-of-frame DMD gene mutations. At admission, dyspnoea was present in 46%, lipothymia in 23%, and abdominal discomfort in 38.4% of patients. A total of 53.8% of patients showed anasarca. Cardiogenic shock presentation was found in six patients (46%). Ejection fraction was severely altered [median 25% (IQR 20; 30)]. Intra-hospital mortality rate was 30%, reaching 53.8 % after 1 year. Previous episodes of AHF ≥ 2 were associated with intra-hospital mortality (P = 0.025). In patients with cardiogenic shock, intra-hospital mortality rate was 66.6%, reaching 83.3% after 1 year.


In adult DMD and BMD patients with severe ejection fraction alteration and on HMV, admitted for AHF, right cardiac signs are frequent. The intra-hospital and 1 year mortality rate was high and was associated with previous episodes of AHF ≥ 2.


Becker muscular dystrophy; Duchenne muscular dystrophy; Dystrophin; Heart failure; N-terminal domain; Rod domain

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