What is the role of lab tests in the workup of arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC)?

Updated: Jan 06, 2020
  • Author: Mithilesh K Lal, MD, MBBS, MRCP, FRCPCH, MRCPCH(UK); Chief Editor: Maria Descartes, MD  more...
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  • In general, laboratory tests are not extremely useful in arthrogryposis.

  • Obtain creatine phosphokinase (CPK) levels when the following conditions are present:

    • Generalized weakness

    • Doughy or decreased muscle mass

    • Progressive worsening

  • Viral cultures may reveal an infectious process.

  • Immunoglobulin M levels and specific viral titers (eg, coxsackievirus, enterovirus, Akabane virus) in the newborn may reveal intrauterine infection.

  • Maternal antibodies to neurotransmitters in the infant may indicate myasthenia gravis.

  • Cytogenetic study is indicated in the following situations:

    • Multiple organ or system involvement

    • Presence of CNS abnormalities, such as microcephaly, MR, lethargy, degenerative changes, or eye anomalies

  • Consider performing a fibroblast chromosome study if lymphocyte chromosome levels are normal and the patient has mental retardation (MR) without diagnosis.

  • Nuclear DNA mutation analysis is used to identify certain disorders, such as spinal muscular dystrophy.

  • Mitochondrial mutation analysis is used to identify certain disorders, such as mitochondrial myopathy.

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