Abstract Title:

Childhood macrophagic myofasciitis-consanguinity and clinicopathological features.

Abstract Source:

Neuromuscul Disord. 2004 Apr ;14(4):246-52. PMID: 15019702

Abstract Author(s):

Yoram Nevo, Miriam Kutai, Joseph Jossiphov, Amir Livne, Zvi Neeman, Talmon Arad, Ronit Popovitz-Biro, Jacob Atsmon, Yehuda Shapira, Dov Soffer

Article Affiliation:

Yoram Nevo


Macrophagic myofasciitis has been almost exclusively detected in adults only. We describe six children of Arab Moslem origin with this disorder. Three presented with hypotonia, developmental delay and seizures and were evaluated for a mitochondrial disorder. The other three children had hypotonia and predominantly motor delay. Five of the six families were consanguineous. A massive collection of macrophages was present in the fascia and adjacent epimysium in all biopsies. The macrophages were periodic-acid-Schiff positive and immunoreactive for CD68. One biopsy which was evaluated by electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis showed crystalline structures containing aluminum in macrophages. Two children with motor delay and hypotonia were treated with oral prednisone for 3 months with no clinical improvement. Genetic predisposition probably accounts for the variability in the prevalence of macrophagic myofasciitis in different populations. At least in childhood, there seems to be no connection between macrophagic myofasciitis as a pathological entity and the clinical symptoms and signs.

Study Type : Human: Case Report

Print Options

Key Research Topics

Sayer Ji
Founder of GreenMedInfo.com

Subscribe to our informative Newsletter & get Nature's Evidence-Based Pharmacy

Our newsletter serves 500,000 with essential news, research & healthy tips, daily.

Download Now

500+ pages of Natural Medicine Alternatives and Information.

This website is for information purposes only. By providing the information contained herein we are not diagnosing, treating, curing, mitigating, or preventing any type of disease or medical condition. Before beginning any type of natural, integrative or conventional treatment regimen, it is advisable to seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional.

© Copyright 2008-2021 GreenMedInfo.com, Journal Articles copyright of original owners, MeSH copyright NLM.