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Central core myopathy
Classification and external resources

Histopathologic appearance of typical central core disease: NADH-TR, transverse section from the rectus femoris. Marked predominance of dark staining, high oxidative type 1 fibres with cores affecting the majority of fibres. Cores are typically well demarcated and centrally located (→), but may occasionally be multiple and of eccentric location.
ICD-10 G71.2
ICD-9 359.0
OMIM 117000
eMedicine neuro/76
MeSH D020512

Central core disease (CCD), also known as central core myopathy, is an autosomal dominant[1] congenital myopathy (inborn muscle disorder). It was first described by Shy and Magee in 1956.[2][3] It is characterized by the appearance of the myofibril under the microscope.[4]


Signs and symptoms

The symptoms of CCD are variable, but usually involve hypotonia (decreased muscle tone) at birth, mild delay in child development (highly variable between cases), weakness of the facial muscles, and skeletal malformations such as scoliosis and hip dislocation.[2]


The diagnosis is made on the combination of typical symptoms and the appearance on biopsy (tissue sample) from muscle. The name derives from the typical appearance of the biopsy on light microscopy, where the muscle cells have cores that are devoid of mitochondria and specific enzymes.[2]

Respiratory insufficiency develops in a small proportion of cases. Creatine kinase and electromyography (EMG) tend to be normal.[2]


Central core disease has an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance.

Central core disease is inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion. Most cases have demonstrable mutations in the ryanodine receptor type 1 (RYR1) gene,[1] which are often de novo (newly developed). People with CCD are at risk for malignant hyperthermia (MH) when receiving general anesthesia.[2]


There is no specific treatment but triggering anesthetics are avoided and relatives are screened for RYR1 mutations as these may make them susceptible to MH.[2]


  1. ^ a b Robinson, Rl; Brooks, C; Brown, Sl; Ellis, Fr; Halsall, Pj; Quinnell, Rj; Shaw, Ma; Hopkins, Pm (August 2002). "RYR1 mutations causing central core disease are associated with more severe malignant hyperthermia in vitro contracture test phenotypes". Human mutation 20 (2): 88–97. doi:10.1002/humu.10098. PMID 12124989.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f Quinlivan RM, Muller CR, Davis M, et al. (2003). "Central core disease: clinical, pathological, and genetic features". Arch. Dis. Child. 88 (12): 1051–5. doi:10.1136/adc.88.12.1051. PMID 14670767.  
  3. ^ Magee KR, Shy GM (1956). "A new congenital non-progressive myopathy". Brain 79 (4): 610–21. doi:10.1093/brain/79.4.610. PMID 13396066.  
  4. ^ central core disease at Dorland's Medical Dictionary


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