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what are the symptoms of duchenne muscular dystrophy?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
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_maneuver ); muscles are enlarged early on ("pseudohypertrophy) but wither later.

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A 28-year-old member asked:

What sort of disorder is duchenne muscular dystrophy?

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Dr. Salil Gupta
Pediatrics 35 years experience
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, pelvic area, thighs and shoulders. Calves are often enlarged. Eventually it involves all muscles including that of heart and that control breathing. Life span is shortened to less than 30 years. It is a genetic condition primarily in boys.
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What are medications for duchenne muscular dystrophy?

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Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 20 years experience
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 promising therapies being tested, but so far no others available at this time. For more information visit mda.Org or duchenneconnect.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for duchenne muscular dystrophy?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Prenatally,: ...A dna based diagnosis is possible: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc1715396/.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How genetically is duchenne muscular dystrophy is transmitted?

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Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 26 years experience
X linked recessive: So it only shows up in males. Females can carry the gene and pass it on to their sons.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What are some treatments for duchenne muscular dystrophy?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Medical Home: Children with severe muscle disease need a team approach that includes orthopedics, pulmonary, neurology, physiotherapy, gi, gu, and perhaps cardiology. These experts need to be coordinated through a team leader - usually a pediatrician who provides the medical home.

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