A 9-year-old boy complained of exertional myalgias and described two episodes of myoglobinuria. His family history was negative for neuromuscular diseases. The findings of a neurological examination were normal. Serum creatine kinase was increased, ECG was normal, EMG showed slight "myopathic" signs. Muscle biopsy disclosed a small group of basophilic fibres as the only abnormality. Muscle glycolytic enzymes and carnitine palmitoyl transferase were normal. Immunoblotting using antidystrophin antibody demonstrated a protein with low molecular weight. Genomic DNA analysis showed a deletion of the HindIII fragments spanning from exon 45 to exon 48. Eight years after the first observation the patient has diffuse muscle hypertrophy without muscle weakness.