Expanding the phenotype of DNMT3A as a cause a congenital myopathy with rhabdomyolysis

Roula Ghaoui, Thuong T. Ha, Jennifer Kerkhof, Haley McConkey, Song Gao, Milena Babic, Rob King, Gianina Ravenscroft, Barbara Koszyca, Sophia Otto, Nigel G. Laing, Hamish Scott, Bekim Sadikovic, Karin S. Kassahn

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Pathogenic variants in DNMT3A are most commonly associated with Tatton-Brown-Rahman Syndrome (TBRS), but includes other phenotypes such as Heyn-Sproul-Jackson syndrome and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). We describe a patient presenting to the neuromuscular clinic with a de novo missense variant in DNMT3A where the striking clinical feature is that of a congenital myopathy with associated episodes of rhabdomyolysis, severe myalgias and chest pain along with phenotypic features associated with TBRS. Muscle biopsy showed minor myopathic features and cardiac investigations revealed mildly impaired bi-ventricular systolic function. We confirmed the DNA methylation profile matched haplo-insufficient TBRS cases, consistent with a loss of methyltransferase activity. Our report emphasizes the phenotypic overlap of patients with syndromic disorders presenting to neuromuscular clinics and limitations of gene panels in establishing a molecular diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)484-489
Number of pages6
JournalNeuromuscular Disorders
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023


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