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what does congenital muscular dystrophy mean?

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Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 45 years experience
Muscle disease: Congenital myopathy means a disease of muscle present since birth, usually inherited. The congenital myopathies are due to several genetic defects, mostly associated with muscle energy use. Usually, people have muscle weakness or damage that is mild and presents in teen or older years. Muscular dystrophy is a congenital myopathy but much more severe and not usually under this name.
Dr. Ecaterina Sartina
Pediatrics 35 years experience
CMD: In general, cmds are autosomal recessive diseases resulting in severe muscular weakness at birth that is either slowly progressive or nonprogressive. At birth or in the first few months of life, patients may have severe hypotonia, weakness, feeding difficulty, and respiratory insufficiency. Contractures are common. CNS manifestations may be present. Seizures. Scoliosis, cardiac abnormalities.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What could cause congenital muscular dystrophy?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Genetic disorder: There are different forms. Most common is duchenne that occurs in males but woman are carriers. Other forms are highly genetic such as fsh and myotonic dystrophy and the spectrum of sma. Genetic markers are available.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Common problems with congenital muscular dystrophy. Who do I see about this?

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Dr. Keith Ramsey
Adolescent Medicine 36 years experience
You will need a team: Of a pediatrician, pediatric orthopedist and pediatric neurologist. You might also be referred to a geneticist.
A 36-year-old member asked:

I have congenital muscular dystrophy, any suggestions?

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Dr. Kathryn Akin
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 37 years experience
Good specialist: You should seek out a qualified and experienced doctor who specializes in neuromuscular diseases. Also there are support groups for individuals with these types of disorders. Best of luck.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is congenital muscular dystrophy?

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Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 17 years experience
Inborn muscle diseas: Nih website has lots of excellent information: http://www.Ninds.Nih.Gov/disorders/md/md.Htm "the muscular dystrophies (md) are a group of more than 30 genetic diseases characterized by progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal muscles that control movement. Some forms of md are seen in infancy or childhood, while others may not appear until middle age or later. ".

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