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what are treatment options available for muscular dystrophy (dmd)?

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Dr. Beth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
There is no cure.: While there is no cure, a number of medications have been tried to lessen the symptoms, including: albuteral--a drug used for people with asthma, amino acids, carnitine, coenzyme q10, creatine, fish oil, green tea extracts, vitamin e, steroids. A neurologist who specializes in muscle disorders would be most helpful to you.
Dr. Sander White
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
This is not a dental: A dentist is not the person who can address these issues. Typically the dental needs are treated conventionally within the tolerance of the patient.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Which parts of the body does muscular dystrophy affect?

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Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 39 years experience
Depend on the type: There are many types of muscular dystrophy, affecting different muscle groups. One type affects the eye muscles and the muscles of the pharynx; another primarily affects the facial muscles, the muscles of the shoulder girdle and the proximal arm. Most other muscular dystrophies affect the limb girdles, but rare forms can originate distally. There are many subtypes and new types are being described.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

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.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How do I caregive for my son with muscular dystrophy?

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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Lovingly : Children need love, patience, and guidance to grow. Learn as much as you can about your son's type of muscular dystrophy. Helping your child figure out how to accomplish his dreams with the physical limitatons the dystrphy imposes will be one of your great tasks. You and your child can figure out how to manage the perceptions of others as the physical manifestons become apparent.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Right on!!
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What is dmd vs dds?

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Dr. Kaveh Niknia
Dentistry 22 years experience
Same, both Dentists: Dds stands for doctor of dental surgery, and dmd stands for doctor of dental medicine. All graduates from an accredited us dental school will have one degree or the other depending on the school of graduation. Historically, before dental education was regulated, there were slight differences between the two degrees. Currently, the degrees are equivalent bearing equal rights and privileges.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What are the common symptoms of duschenne muscular dystrophy?

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Dr. Keith Baldwin
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Weakness: Duchenne's muscular dystrophy (dmd) is caused by a faulty protein. It results in weakness that starts in the hip girdle and progresses to other areas of the body. It can result in scoliosis and tight muscles. Later in the course it can result in loss of function and frequent respiratory infections. The disease is currently incurable, but steroids can often delay the progression of symptoms.

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