The slow-channel congenital myasthenic syndrome is an autosomal dominant neuromuscular disorder caused by mutations in different subunits of the acetylcholine receptor. Fluoxetine, a common antidepressant and long-lived open-channel blocker of acetylcholine receptor, has been reported to be beneficial in the slow-channel congenital myasthenic syndrome. Here we report a prospective open label study of fluoxetine treatment in some affected members of a Thai family with slow-channel congenital myasthenic syndrome caused by a novel p.Gly153Ala (c.518G > C) mutation in CHRNA1 in the AChR α subunit. These patients showed significant clinical improvement following fluoxetine treatment but their respiratory function responded variably.
Keywords: Fluoxetine; Slow-channel congenital myasthenic syndrome; Thai; Treatment.
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