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Dilated cardiomyopathy with ataxia

Synonym(s) 3-methylglutaconic aciduria type 5
DCMA syndrome
Prevalence Unknown
Inheritance Autosomal recessive
Age of onset Childhood
  • E71.1
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Dilated cardiomyopathy with ataxia (DCMA) is characterized by severe early onset (before the age of three years) dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) with conduction defects (long QT syndrome), non-progressive cerebellar ataxia, testicular dysgenesis, and 3-methylglutaconic aciduria. To date, all cases of DCMA reported involve individuals from the Dariusleut Hutterite population, an endogamous population of the Great Plains region of Canada and the northern United States. Prenatal or postnatal growth failure, significant motor delay (due to cerebellar syndrome with ataxia) and male genital anomalies (ranging from isolated cryptorchidism to severe perineal hypospadias) are very frequent clinical signs. Additional features include optic atrophy, a mild increase in hepatic enzymes with microvesicular hepatic steatosis, a normochromic microcytic anemia, and mild to borderline non-progressive intellectual deficit. DCMA is an autosomal recessive condition caused by mutation of the DNAJC19 gene (encoding the DNAJC19 protein localized to the mitochondria in cardiac myocytes). DCMA syndrome shares some clinical features with the X-linked Barth syndrome and the other 3-methylglutaconic acidurias (types I, III and IV; see these terms). In a clinical study of 18 DCMA patients, over 70% of patients died from either progressive cardiac failure or sudden cardiac death. Improvement with standard medical treatment or complete resolution of the DCM has been reported in some patients.

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