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Bethlem myopathy


Other Names for this Disease
  • Myopathy, benign congenital, with contractures
  • Muscular dystrophy, benign congenital
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Treatment

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How might Bethlem myopathy be treated?

The treatment for Behtlem myopathy is symptomatic and supportive. This means that treatment is directed at the individual symptoms that are present in each case. There is no cure. In most cases, physical therapy, stretching exercises, splinting, and/or mobility aids are employed. In rare cases, surgery may be needed (i.e. for Achilles tendon contractures or scoliosis).[1]
Last updated: 2/4/2015

References
  1. Lampe AK, Flanigan KM, Bushby KM, Hicks D. Collagen Type VI-Related Disorders. GeneReviews. August 9, 2012; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1503/. Accessed 2/4/2015.


Management Guidelines

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Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Bethlem myopathy. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Myopathy, benign congenital, with contractures
  • Muscular dystrophy, benign congenital
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.