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how long do people with muscular dystrophy live

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
34 years experience Pediatrics
Prenatally,: ...A dna based diagnosis is possible: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc1715396/.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Salil Gupta
34 years experience Pediatrics
Muscle weakness: Dmd is a condition when muscles start to die prematurely. It starts in early childhood, leads to weakness of voluntary muscles such as those of hips, ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
34 years experience Pediatrics
Weakness...: ...More prominent in large muscles than in small ones, progressing to inability to stand up without assistance (see http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/gower ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
19 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Steroids: Currently the mainstay of therapy for duchenne is still steroids. Steroids slow the progression of the disease but are not a cure. There are many prom ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
See link below: "duchenne results in progressive loss of strength and is caused by a mutation in the gene that encodes for dystrophin. Because dystrophin is absent, t ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
34 years experience Pediatrics
The treatment...: ...For dmd prolongs life somewhat but does not change the overall prognosis. The best thing we can do is provide moral support for the family and the ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Goldie
47 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Abortion: The dystrophin gene can be detected in the fetus. If such testing proves the fetus is male and has the full defect, abortion is an option. There is ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
38 years experience Neurology
X-Linked Reces. MD: Duchenne dystrophy is inherited as an x-linked recessive trait, carried in women. It affects about 1in 3500 male births with no geographic/ethnic vari ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Genetic disorder: Duchenne's muscular dystrophy is an x linked genetic disorder causing abnormalities of the muscle fiber and eventual degeneration.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Howell
41 years experience Psychiatry
Hereditary: It is inherited because of a defective gene on the x chromosome (female sex chromosome). It is referred to as a "sex-linked recessive" inheritance pa ... Read More
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