Here we report the case of a 73-year-old Italian woman affected by genetically confirmed oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy (OPMD) with a negative family history. As OPMD is usually transmitted as an autosomal-dominant meiotically stable trait, this case allows us to suggest that putative de novo OPMD mutations might occur more frequently than previously thought; moreover, when compatible with a proper clinical phenotype, OPMD might be included in the differential diagnosis even in the absence of a positive family history.
- De novo mutation
- Oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology