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Neuromuscular 03

Topic: Pathology

Created on Sunday, February 8 2009 by gliageek

Last modified on Sunday, February 8 2009.


Courtesy of Dr. Mark Cohen

This 42-year old former all-American quarterback comes in complaining of slowly progressive lower extremity weakness which began just after he got married 15 years ago. Which of the following diagnoses is most likely correct?

 
        A) Dermatomyositis
 
        B) Dysferlinopathy
 
        C) Polymyositis
 
        D) Inclusion body myositis
 
        E) FSH dystrophy
 

 


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This question was created on February 08, 2009 by gliageek.
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A) dermatomyositis

This answer is incorrect.


Though the distribution of inflammation is OK, the infiltrate in DM is composed of a mixture of lymphocytes, plasma cells, and occasional eosinophils.  (See References)

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B) Dysferlinopathy

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Dysferlin is responsible for repairing membrane defects, and dysferlinopathy usually presents in early adulthood. The presence of inflammation may mislead one into a diagnosis of inflammatory myopathy  (See References)

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C) polymyositis

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PM shows invasion of muscle fibers, and a more rapid course  (See References)

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D) inclusion body myositis

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42 is just way too young for this (especially with onset in the 20s  (See References)

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E) FSH dystrophy

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FSH dystrophy may be accompanied by inflammation, but shows a different pattern of weakness  (See References)

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References:

1. Prayson, R.A., and Goldblum, J.R. (Eds.) (2005). Neuropathology. Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, Philadelphia. (ISBN:0443066582)Advertising:
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Neuromuscular 03
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