Medicine (MD/DO)
Trinucleotide Repeat Disorders
Myotonic Dystrophy

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Myotonic Dystrophy

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Myotonic Dystrophy

Muscle-tonic man with Disc-trophy
Myotonic dystrophy is a chronically progressive multisystem disease, which is inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion. The genetic origin results from trinucleotide repeats of CTG. Myotonia, which is the continued involuntary contraction of a group of muscles, is the characteristic symptom in this disease. Patients often complain of muscle stiffness and have difficulty releasing their grip. Patients also commonly have cataracts, testicular atrophy, frontal balding and facial weakness. Lab findings can show conduction defects and muscle breakdown.
Autosomal Dominant

This disease is inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion.

Trinucleotide Repeat
DNA-strands with Repeats

Trinucleotide repeat inheritance results in the accumulation of CTG repeats, and worsening of the disease over generations.

Cans and Trophies with Gold

CTG is the trinucleotide repeat sequence. It is found on the DMPK gene, on the long arm of chromosome 19.

Facial Muscle Weakness
Weak and Drooping Facial Muscles

Atrophy of the muscles of the face is characteristic of myotonic dystrophy, often leading to ptosis and a typical facial appearance.

Frontal Balding
Frontal Baldness

Frontal balding is an additional finding in many of these patients.

Sustained Grip
Locked Grip

Sustained grip is one of the classic findings in myotonic dystrophy, and is caused by conduction defects and subsequent inability to inhibit the increased tone of grip.

Conduction Defects
Conduction-cables to Heart

Conduction defects can be found in patients with the disease due to nerve damage.


Cataracts are the clouding of the lens in the eye that obstruct the passage of light. They are present in almost every patient and may be detected early in the course by slit-lamp examination.

Selective Atrophy of Type 1 Fibers
@-trophy with (1) Wand

Histochemical stains have demonstrated selective atrophy of type 1 fibers in patients. Type 1 fibers are slow-twitch and oxidative fibers that contain large amounts of myoglobin and mitochondria with many blood capillaries, giving the muscle a red appearance.

Testicular Atrophy
Testicle @-trophy

Testicular atrophy is a characteristic finding in myotonic dystrophy.


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