Other Names for this Disease
- Myopathy, benign congenital, with contractures
- Muscular dystrophy, benign congenital
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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).
Last updated: 2/4/2015
- 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.
- Finding Treatment Information - A video developed by GARD Information Specialists that explains how you can find information about treatment for a rare disease.
- GeneReviews provides current, expert-authored, peer-reviewed, full-text articles describing the application of genetic testing to the diagnosis, management, and genetic counseling of patients with specific inherited conditions.
- 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.