Inherited myopathy plus: Double-trouble from rare neuromuscular disorders

Andre Granger, Grayson Beecher, Teerin Liewluck, Stefan Nicolau, Kevin M. Flanigan, Ruple S. Laughlin, Margherita Milone

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A rare disorder in the USA is one that affects <200,000 people, making inherited myopathies rare diseases. Increasing access to genetic testing has been instrumental for the diagnosis of inherited myopathies. Genetic findings, however, require clinical correlation due to variable phenotype, polygenic etiology of certain inherited disorders, and possible co-existing independent neuromuscular disorders. We searched the Mayo Clinic Rochester medical record (2004–2020) to identify adult patients carrying pathogenic variants or likely pathogenic variants in genes causative of myopathies and having a coexisting independent neuromuscular disorder classified as rare at One additional patient was identified at Nationwide Children's hospital. Clinical and laboratory findings were reviewed. We identified 14 patients from 13 families fulfilling search criteria. Seven patients had a “double-trouble” inherited myopathy; two had an inherited myopathy with coexistent idiopathic myositis; three had an inherited myopathy with coexisting rare neuromuscular disorder of neurogenic type; a female DMD carrier had co-existing distal spinal muscular atrophy, which was featuring the clinical phenotype; and a patient with a MYH7 pathogenic variant had Sandhoff disease causing motor neuron disease. These cases highlight the relevance of correlating genetic findings, even when diagnostic, with clinical features, to allow precise diagnosis, optimal care, and accurate prognosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-160
Number of pages8
JournalNeuromuscular Disorders
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2023


  • Concurrent neuromuscular diseases
  • Double trouble
  • Inherited myopathies
  • Rare myopathies
  • Rare neuromuscular disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Genetics(clinical)


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