Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy

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Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy
Other namesScleroatonic muscular dystrophy [1]
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Autosomal recessive pattern is the inheritance manner of this condition
Symptoms Muscle weakness [2]
CausesMutations in the COL6A1, COL6A2, and COL6A3 gene [3]
Diagnostic method Physical exam, Medical history [3]
Medication Physical therapy, Surgery(scoliosis) [3]

Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy is a form of congenital muscular dystrophy. It is associated with variants of type VI collagen, it is commonly associated with muscle weakness and respiratory problems, though cardiac issues are not associated with this type of CMD. [4] [5] It is named after Otto Ullrich, who is also known for the Ullrich-Turner syndrome. [6]


Signs and symptoms

The presentation of Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy in an affected individual is as follows: [2] [7]


In terms of the genetics of Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy, there are mutations in the genes COL6A1, COL6A2, and COL6A3. This sub-type of muscular dystrophy is autosomal recessive in nature. [1] [8]

COL6A1 plays an important part in maintaining the human body's integrity of various tissues. Alpha 1 subunit of type VI collagen is the encoded protein. [9]


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Micrograph hyperkeratosis

In terms of the diagnosis of Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy upon inspection follicular hyperkeratosis, may be a dermatological indicator, additionally also serum creatine kinase may be mildly above normal. [5] Other exams/methods to ascertain if the individual has Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy are:[ medical citation needed ]

Differential diagnosis

This includes [10]


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Scoliosis X-ray

Treatment for Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy can consist of physical therapy and regular stretching to prevent and reduce contractures. Respiratory support may be needed at some point by the affected individual. [3]

Though cardiac complications are not a concern in this type of CMD, in regards to respiratory issues ventilation via a tracheostomy is a possibility in some cases. [5] [11]


The prognosis of this sub-type of MD indicates that the affected individual may eventually have feeding difficulties. Surgery, at some point, might be an option for scoliosis. [3]

Scoliosis, which is a sideways curve of the persons vertebrate, is determined by a variety of factors, including the degree (mild or severe), in which case if possible a brace might be used by the individual. [12]


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In terms of possible research for Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy one source indicates that cyclosporine A might be of benefit to individuals with this CMD type. [13]

According to a review by Bernardi, et al., cyclosporin A (CsA) used to treat collagen VI muscular dystrophies demonstrates a normalization of mitochondrial reaction to rotenone. [14]

See also

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Collagen, type VI, alpha 1 Mammalian protein found in Homo sapiens

Collagen alpha-1(VI) chain is a protein that in humans is encoded by the COL6A1 gene.

Collagen, type VI, alpha 2 Mammalian protein found in Homo sapiens

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Collagen alpha-3(VI) chain is a protein that in humans is encoded by the COL6A3 gene. This protein is an alpha chain of type VI collagen that aids in microfibril formation. As part of type VI collagen, this protein has been implicated in Bethlem myopathy, Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy (UCMD), and other diseases related to muscle and connective tissue.


Selenoprotein N is a protein that in humans is encoded by the SEPN1 gene.

Collagen VI (ColVI) is a type of collagen primarily associated with the extracellular matrix of skeletal muscle. ColVI maintains regularity in muscle function and stabilizes the cell membrane. It is synthesized by a complex, multistep pathway that leads to the formation of a unique network of linked microfilaments located in the extracellular matrix (ECM). ColVI plays a vital role in numerous cell types, including chondrocytes, neurons, myocytes, fibroblasts, and cardiomyocytes. ColVI molecules are made up of three alpha chains: α1(VI), α2(VI), and α3(VI). It is encoded by 6 genes: COL6A1, COL6A2, COL6A3, COL6A4, COL6A5, and COL6A6. The chain lengths of α1(VI) and α2(VI) are about 1,000 amino acids. The chain length of α3(VI) is roughly a third larger than those of α1(VI) and α2(VI), and it consists of several spliced variants within the range of 2,500 to 3,100 amino acids.

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