A Novel Mutation in DMD (c.10797+5G>A) Causes Becker Muscular Dystrophy Associated with Intellectual Disability

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Background:Severe intellectual disability has been reported in a subgroup of patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy but is not typically associated with Becker muscular dystrophy.Patient:The authors report a 13-year-old boy, with severe intellectual disability (Wechsler Intelligence Scales for Children-IV, Full Scale IQ < 0.1 percentile), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and mild muscle weakness. He had elevated serum creatine kinase and dystrophic changes on muscle biopsy. Dystrophin immunohistochemistry revealed decreased staining with the C-terminal and mid-rod antibodies and essentially absent staining of the N-terminal immunostain. Sequencing of muscle mRNA revealed aberrant splicing due to a c.10797+5G > A mutation in DMD.Conclusion:Dystrophinopathy may be associated with predominantly cognitive impairment and neurobehavioral disorder, and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of unexplained cognitive or psychiatric disturbance in males.

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