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it is possible to completely cure duchenne muscular dystrophy ?

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Dr. Emanuele Maccalli
Pediatrics 7 years experience
Not yet: Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a genetic condition caused by a mutation in a protein called dystrophin. As this protein is a very important structural element in our muscle, the most common symptom in DMD is weakness. There have been some innovations in gene therapies that seek to modify the incorrect genetic code in our DNA that causes the protein to be mutated, but no definitive cure yet.
Dr. Emanuele Maccalli
Pediatrics 7 years experience
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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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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.
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Pediatrics 46 years experience
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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.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for little girls to get muscular dystrophy and how do they test for it?

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Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 27 years experience
Yes...: Muscular dystrophy (md) is a group of inherited muscle diseases. Most patients with md are boys, but some forms affect girls also. For instance fascioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy occurs in both boys and girls. A daughter of a dad with duchenne muscular dystrophy (dmd) and a mom who is a carrier will have dmd. Diagnosis for md involves muscle biopsy, electrodiagnostic tests, and dna analysis.

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