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Multicenter Observational Study of Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1

The purpose of the study is to determine the best ways to assess how people are affected by myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1). The study will assess walking speed, muscle strength, muscle size, myotonia, heart rhythm, mental efficiency, and overall health. Participants will complete questionnaires to record their ideas about how they are affected by DM1. The study will evaluate people with DM1 over 1 year to determine how the condition changes over time. The study will identify biomarkers of DM1. Biomarkers are laboratory measurements that show the effects of DM1 on a person's muscle tissue or blood. Biomarkers are needed in future studies to determine how DM1 may respond to treatments.

Stanford is currently accepting patients for this trial.

Lead Sponsor:

University of Rochester

Collaborator: University of Florida

Stanford Investigator(s):


Inclusion Criteria:

   - Ability to understand the purpose and risks of the study and provide signed informed
   consent and authorization to use protected health information in accordance with
   national and local patient privacy regulations.

   - Men and women, 18 to 70 years old, inclusive; body mass index ≤33.

   - Onset of DM1 after age 10.

   - Clinical diagnosis of DM1 based on research criteria or prior genetic testing with
   confirmation of CTG repeat length ≥70. A genetic test confirming DM1 is not required
   for entry. A DNA sample will be obtained from all subjects for DM1 genetic testing. If
   this test does not show an expanded repeat in the DM1 gene the subject will be
   withdrawn from the study.

   - Ability to complete a 6 minute walk test (ankle-foot braces are allowed, but cane and
   walker are not allowed).

Exclusion Criteria:

   - Clinically significant infections or medical illness from 30 days prior to Visit 1.

   - History of, or abnormal laboratory values indicative of, significant medical,
   neurologic (other than DM1), or psychiatric disorders that might preclude
   participation in the study in the opinion of the Investigator.

   - A recent history of any of the following conditions on routine blood screening: white
   blood cells <3000, platelets <100,000, hematocrit <30%, symptomatic liver disease with
   serum albumin <3 g/L, or creatinine >1.5 mg%.

   - Any of the following medical conditions: uncontrolled or insulin dependent diabetes
   mellitus, congestive heart failure, symptomatic cardiomyopathy, symptomatic coronary
   artery disease, cancer (other than skin cancer) within the prior 5 years, multiple
   sclerosis, or other serious medical illness.

   - Myotonic dystrophy type 2 or other diseases that mimic the signs or symptoms of DM1.
   Coexistence of other neuromuscular disease.

   - Thyroid dysfunction that is untreated (if on thyroid hormone replacement therapy, need
   to have adequate and stable replacement over the previous 6 months).

   - Second or third degree heart block, atrial flutter, atrial fibrillation, ventricular
   tachycardia, or is receiving medication for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmia.

   - Liver or kidney disease requiring ongoing treatment.

   - Have a seizure disorder.

   - Drug or alcohol abuse within 3 months of Visit 1.

   - Women who are pregnant or who plan to become pregnant during the study's duration.

   - Treatment with supplemental anabolic hormones (including testosterone, human
   recombinant growth hormone, human recombinant insulin like growth factor-1, other
   anabolic drug mixtures) during the previous 12 months.

   - History of bleeding tendency or ongoing oral anticoagulation.

   - Hypersensitivity to local anesthetics or components thereof to be used in the biopsy

   - Participation in any investigational treatment study within 6 months prior to Visit 1.

   - Inability or unwillingness to undergo any of the study-specific procedures or
   assessments, including needle muscle biopsies.

   - Medical or other unspecified reasons that in the opinion of the Investigator makes the
   patient unsuitable for enrollment.

   - Treatment with any of the following anti-myotonia medications within 8 weeks prior to
   Visit 1: phenytoin, carbamazepine, procainamide, disopyramide, nifedipine,
   acetazolamide, clomipramine, imipramine, mexiletine

   - Treatment with corticosteroids within 8 weeks prior to Visit 1.

Ages Eligible for Study

18 Years - 70 Years

Genders Eligible for Study


Now accepting new patients

Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Lesly Welsh, CCRC, CMA