Camptocormia as a clinical manifestation of mitochondrial myopathy

Clin Rheumatol. 2007 Jun;26(6):1017-9. doi: 10.1007/s10067-006-0259-5. Epub 2006 Mar 25.


Camptocormia is an unusual condition characterized by a progressive weakness of the extensor muscles of the spine that cause an involuntary truncal flexion. Occasionally, camptocormia can be the clinical manifestation of an underlying myopathy, including inflammatory or metabolic myopathies. We present a case of a 78-year-old female with camptocormia associated with a mitochondrial myopathy. Additionally, we review the clinical characteristics of three similar, previously reported cases.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kyphosis / etiology*
  • Mitochondrial Myopathies / complications*
  • Muscle Weakness / etiology*
  • Muscle, Skeletal / pathology
  • Posture*