Email updates

Keep up to date with the latest news and content from BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders and BioMed Central.

Open Access Highly Accessed Case report

An integrated approach in a case of facioscapulohumeral dystrophy

Stefano Pasotti1, Bruno Magnani2, Emanuela Longa1, Giuseppe Giovanetti1, Albino Rossi1, Angela Berardinelli3, Rossella Tupler4 and Giuseppe D’Antona15*

Author Affiliations

1 LUSAMMR Laboratory for Motor Activities in Rare Diseases, Voghera, University of Pavia, Via Forlanini 6, Pavia 27100, Italy

2 Department of Public Health, Human Anatomy, University of Pavia, Via Forlanini 6, Pavia 27100, Italy

3 Department of Child Neuropsychiatry, C. Mondino Institute, Pavia, Italy

4 Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy

5 Department of Molecular Medicine, and LUSAMMR Laboratory for Motor Activities in Rare Diseases, Voghera, University of Pavia, Via Forlanini 6, Pavia 27100, Italy

For all author emails, please log on.

BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2014, 15:155  doi:10.1186/1471-2474-15-155

Published: 15 May 2014

Abstract

Background

Muscle fatigue, weakness and atrophy are basilar clinical features that accompany facioscapulohumeral dystrophy (FSHD) the third most common muscular dystrophy.

No therapy is available for FSHD.

Case presentation

We describe the effects of 6mo exercise therapy and nutritional supplementation in a 43-year-old woman severely affected by FSHD.

Conclusion

A mixed exercise program combined with nutritional supplementation can be safely used with beneficial effects in selected patients with FSHD.

Keywords:
Muscular dystrophies; Exercise therapy; Dietary supplements; Creatine; Amino acids