Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 1B (LGMD1B) is one of many types of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy. These diseases affect the voluntary muscles, which are the muscles that are moved on purpose, such as the arms, legs, fingers, toes, and facial muscles. Specifically, LGMD1B causes muscle weakness in the lower limbs. The muscle weakness typically affects the muscles closest to the center of the body (proximal muscles) such as the upper legs. The disease is progressive, leading to a loss of muscle strength and bulk over a number of years.
Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 1B is caused by
This table lists symptoms that people with this disease may have. For most diseases, symptoms will vary from person to person. People with the same disease may not have all the symptoms listed. This information comes from a database called the Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) . The HPO collects information on symptoms that have been described in medical resources. The HPO is updated regularly. Use the HPO ID to access more in-depth information about a symptom.
|Medical Terms||Other Names||
|80%-99% of people have these symptoms|
|Fatiguable weakness of proximal limb muscles||0030200|
|30%-79% of people have these symptoms|
|Abnormal atrioventricular conduction||0005150|
Quivering upper heart chambers resulting in irregular heartbeat
|Elevated serum creatine phosphokinase||
Elevated blood creatine phosphokinase
Elevated circulating creatine phosphokinase
Elevated creatine kinase
Elevated serum CPK
Elevated serum creatine kinase
High serum creatine kinase
Increased creatine kinase
Increased creatine phosphokinase
Increased serum CK
Increased serum creatine kinase
Increased serum creatine phosphokinase[ more ]
|Limb-girdle muscle atrophy||
Wasting of limb-girdle muscle
|Proximal muscle weakness in upper limbs||0008997|
|Sudden cardiac death||
Premature sudden cardiac death
|5%-29% of people have these symptoms|
|Achilles tendon contracture||
Shortening of the achilles tendon
Tight achilles tendon[ more ]
Difficulty in walking
Stretched and thinned heart muscle
|Elbow flexion contracture||
Contractures of elbows
Elbow contractures[ more ]
Poor feeding[ more ]
Decreased muscle tone
Low muscle tone[ more ]
Low muscle tone, in neonatal onset
Waddling walk[ more ]
|1%-4% of people have these symptoms|
Inability to make and keep healthy fat tissue
Decreased size of midface
Underdevelopment of midface[ more ]
|Wide nasal bridge||
Broad nasal bridge
Broad nasal root
Broadened nasal bridge
Increased breadth of bridge of nose
Increased breadth of nasal bridge
Increased width of bridge of nose
Increased width of nasal bridge
Nasal bridge broad
Wide bridge of nose
Widened nasal bridge[ more ]
|Percent of people who have these symptoms is not available through HPO|
|Difficulty climbing stairs||
Difficulty walking up stairs
|EMG: myopathic abnormalities||0003458|
|Pelvic girdle muscle weakness||0003749|
|Shoulder girdle muscle weakness||0003547|
Signs and symptoms worsen slowly with time
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