Clinical, electrophysiologic and pathologic findings in 10 patients with myotonic dystrophy 2

Ron Dabby, Menachem Sadeh, Oscar Herman, Lior Leibou, Eyal Kremer, Shimonov Mordechai, Nathan Watemberg, Jacob Frand

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Background: Myotonic dystrophy type 2 (DM2) is an autosomal dominant, multisystem disorder caused by a CCTG tetranucleotide repeat expansion located in intron 1 of the zinc finger protein 9 gene (ZNF9 gene) on chromosome 3q 21.3. Objectives: To describe the clinical, electro physiologic and pathologic findings in patients with myotonic dystrophy 2. Methods: We evaluated 10 patients genetically, clinically and electro physiologically during the years 2007 to 2008. Results: All patients were of Jewish European ancestry. Among affected individuals, eight patients had symptoms of proximal muscle weakness, two had muscle pain, and two exhibited myotonia. On physical examination six patients had severe weakness of hip flexor muscles. Seven individuals underwent cataract surgery, and cardiac involvement was seen in one case. On the initial electromyographic (EMG) examination five patients demonstrated myotonic discharges; repeated studies showed these discharges in nine cases. Six muscle biopsies showed non-specific pathological changes. Seven patients had an affected first-degree relative with either a diagnosed or an undiagnosed muscular disorder consistent with an autosomal dominant trait. Conclusions: DM2 may often present with proximal muscle weakness without myotonia. EMG may initially fail to show myotonic discharges, but these discharges may eventually show in most cases on repeated EMG. Thus, DM2 may be underdiagnosed and should be included in the differential diagnosis of adult patients of Jewish European ancestry presenting with proximal lower limb weakness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)745-747
Number of pages3
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Electromyography
  • Muscle biopsy
  • Myopathy
  • Myotonia
  • Myotonic dystrophy type 2 (DM2)


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