Two siblings were evaluated for progressive proximal weakness and elevated creatine kinase. Immunohistochemical staining in the brother's muscle biopsy showed near absence of all four sarcoglycan subunits. Clinical progression prompted a trial of deflazacort in both siblings. At 22 months of drug therapy, both patients have stable or improved strength testing. Further analysis on the muscle biopsy revealed homozygous beta-sarcoglycan gene mutation (S114F), consistent with the limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2E (LGME 2E). Despite the severe phenotype, deflazacort has a beneficial effect on slowing disease progression in LGME 2E similar to that seen in Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
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