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Myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy

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I think my daughter has this condition.  How can I go about having her tested?

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What is myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy?

Myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy is a rare condition characterized by reduced body fat and increased muscle size. Affected individuals have up to twice the usual amount of muscle mass in their bodies. They also tend to have increased muscle strength. Myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy is not known to cause any medical problems, and affected individuals are intellectually normal.[1]
Last updated: 7/2/2009

How is myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy diagnosed?

Myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy is diagnosed based upon the clinical signs and symptoms in the patient (i.e, reduced body fat and increased muscle size) and genetic testing. Body fat can be measured by ultrasound or with a caliper. Skeletal muscle size can be measured by ultrasound, DEXA, or MRI.[2] Myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy is a very rare condition that is caused by mutations in the MSTN gene. We are not aware of a laboratory that is offering clinical genetic testing for Myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy at this time. 
Last updated: 7/2/2009

How can I have my daughter evaluated for this?

A genetic professional would be able to evaluate your daughter for myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy. Genetics professionals are a source of information for individuals and families regarding genetic diagnosis, natural history, treatment, mode of inheritance, and genetic risks to other family members. To find a genetics clinic, we recommend that you contact your primary doctor for a referral. Click here to learn more about genetic consultations.

The following online resources can also help you find a genetics professional in your community:

  * GeneTests - A searchable directory of US and international genetics and prenatal diagnosis clinics. Go to the following link and click on 'Clinic Directory' to find a genetic service close to you.

  * ResourceLink - A database of genetics counseling services, searchable by location, name, institution, type of practice, or specialty. Hosted by the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

  * Genetic Centers, Clinics, and Departments - A comprehensive resource list for genetic counseling, including links to genetic centers and clinics, associations, and university genetics departments. Hosted by the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Last updated: 7/2/2009

See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.