Severe dystrophinopathy in a patient with congenital hypotonia

G. Cordone, M. Bado, G. Morreale, M. Pedemonte, C. Minetti

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We studied a 2-year-old child with congenital hypotonia and proximal muscle weakness. There was no family history of-neuromuscular disease. The child also had hypospadia. The central nervous system was apparently not involved. Muscle biopsy showed a dystrophic pattern and dystrophin was absent as shown by immunofluorescence and by Western blot. Vinculin and spectrin were also reduced, while merosin was normal in muscle fibers. This observation suggests that congenital hypotonia may be associated with a severe form of dystrophinopathy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)466-469
Number of pages4
JournalChild's Nervous System
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1996


  • Congenital hypotonia
  • Dystrophin
  • Dystrophinopathy
  • Muscular dystrophy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology


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