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what can be done to cure muscular dystrophy?

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Dr. George Gantsoudes
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Treatment, no cure : If you are referring to duchenne muscular dystrophy, there is no cure at this point. It is progressive disease where muscle is replaced by fibrotic tissue. Steroids have been shown to increase the length of time a child can walk, decrease respiratory issues and even decrease the need for scoliosis surgery. It is not a panacea and should be discussed between doctor and family.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is muscular dystrophy?

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Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 45 years experience
Muscle disease: Muscular dystrophy is a worsening disorder that causes muscle weakness. The worst kind is duchenne's dystrophy, that affects only boys, leads to severe weakness, and wheelchair needs, breathing difficulties in the teens. Milder forms can present later or not cause as much disability. These are genetic (runs in families) disorders.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

What is progressive muscular dystrophy?

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Dr. Ian Stein
Dr. Ian Stein answered
Neurology 21 years experience
Muscle: It is a progressive disorder affecting the muscle causing weakness.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What is pseudohypertrophic muscular dystrophy?

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Dr. Anthony Mosley
Neurology 24 years experience
Big muscles: In some muscular dystophies some muscles are enlarged like in a weight lifter, though they are weak.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What causes 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 31-year-old member asked:

How serious is muscular dystrophy?

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Dr. Nizar Chahin
Neurology 29 years experience
It is different: It is different from one person to the other and what type of muscular dystrophy the person has. Some patients have a mild form of the disease and some of the muscular dystrophies can be associated with heart involvement and breathing difficulties, so it could be serious.

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