Becker and limb-girdle muscular dystrophy associated with pituitary dwarfism

G. Marconi, R. Taiuti, C. Sbrilli, A. Pizzi

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In 1981 a report appeared of a patient with Duchenne muscular dystrophy associated with dwarfism caused by growth hormone deficiency, in whom the muscular disease was unusually benign. The authors suggested that the benign course might be related to the growth hormone deficiency and dwarfism. Other authors later supported this idea, having observed that in dystrophic mice and hamsters with congenital and experimentally induced pituitary dwarfism, respectively, pathological expressions of the dystrophy were markedly reduced. In this paper one case of Becker and one of limb-girdle dystrophy, each associated with short stature and growth hormone deficiency are described. In these cases the disease did not have a particularly benign course. It is concluded that caution is necessary, at least in certain cases, before an association between reduced muscular growth and the dystrophic process can be assumed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)430-432
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Neurology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1987


  • Becker muscular dystrophy
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Growth hormone
  • Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy
  • Pituitary dwarfism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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