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Doctor insights on: Becker Muscular Dystrophy In Children

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Dr. Kathryn Mosher
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Muscular Dystrophy (Definition)

Muscular dystrophy includes a number of disorders which are associated primarily with abnormalities of the architecture of the cells, often causing changes in size and function (weakness). These disorders are typically inherited, and recognized early in life, although there are of course exceptions to this. Prognosis is based on the type of MD and expression ...Read more


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Does the symptom difficulty walking mean that I have becker muscular dystrophy?

Does the symptom difficulty walking mean that I have becker muscular dystrophy?

No: Difficulty walking can occur due to many reasons. Becker muscular dystrophy is one of those reasons... But it is rare compared to most other causes. Read more

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Can a person with duchenne muscular dystrophy have children?

Can a person with duchenne muscular dystrophy have children?

Yes but. . .: Yes, there is no reason that a person with duchenne could not reproduce. However, most people with duchenne elect not to because as they get older their health tends to become more fragile. Also if they have daughters they have a 100% chance that their daughters will carry the disease which means their grandsons would be affected. Read more

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Is there any complications for men who have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy? Can they have Children?

Is there any complications for men who have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy? Can they have Children?

Often rapid decline: This is a very difficult disease and often shortens life significantly. It is genetic so the fact that it reduces fertility can have some benefit too. Passing it on is not desirable. If he wants to share in a child's life - there may be better ways than fatherhood. Sorry. I expect this is sad for you. Read more

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Might it be possible that a a person with duchenne muscular dystrophy have children of their own?

Might it be possible that a a person with duchenne muscular dystrophy have children of their own?

Yes: Fertility isn't affected. All the daughters will be carriers; all the sons will be unaffected unless the mother is a carrier and transmits the gene. The prognosis for duchenne's remains bleak, and the decision to become a parent is the most gravely serious decision that one can make. Read more

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What causes frequent respiratory infections in children with duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Weak respirations: As Duchennes muscular dystrophy progresses, the muscles of respiration become weakened. As a result the person does not have the forceful breathing and cough to clear secretions from the respiratory tract. As soon as a cold begins you should give vigorous chest physical therapy to mobilize the secretions and if necessary suction them. Read more

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What is the cause of frequent respiratory infections in children with duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Impaired muscles: When dmd affects the muscles of breathing, patients have difficulty clearing secretions which can lead to increased infections. Chest pt can be useful to break the secretions up and allow them to be cleared. If there is an issue with scoliosis, this should be addressed early to prevent further repiratory compromise later in the disease course. Read more

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What is duchenne muscular dystrophy?

X-Linked Reces. MD: Duchenne dystrophy is inherited as an x-linked recessive trait, carried in women. It affects about 1in 3500 male births with no geographic/ethnic variation. About 1/3 of the cases are caused by new mutations, the others are familial. Diagnosis is usually evident from clinical features. The abnormality is in the cytoskeletal protein dystrophin. It is unclear why the lack of dystrophin ->findings. Read more

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What causes duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Genetic disorder: Duchenne's muscular dystrophy is an x linked genetic disorder causing abnormalities of the muscle fiber and eventual degeneration. Read more

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What causes duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Hereditary: It is inherited because of a defective gene on the x chromosome (female sex chromosome). It is referred to as a "sex-linked recessive" inheritance pattern. Girls get two x chromosomes, and the healthy one overrules the unhealthy gene, preventing girls from contracting the disorder. Boys get an x and a y. If the x has the defective gene, there is no corresponding gene on the y to overrule it. Read more

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What sort of disorder is duchenne muscular dystrophy?

What sort of disorder is duchenne muscular dystrophy?

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. Read more

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What are the symptoms of duchenne muscular dystrophy?

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. Read more

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What are medications for duchenne muscular dystrophy?

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. Read more

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Could you explain what is duchenne muscular dystrophy?

See link below: "duchenne results in progressive loss of strength and is caused by a mutation in the gene that encodes for dystrophin. Because dystrophin is absent, the muscle cells are easily damaged. The progressive muscle weakness leads to serious medical problems, particularly issues relating to the heart and lungs." - see more at: http://www. Parentprojectmd. Org/site/pageserver? Pagename=understand_about#sthas. Read more

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How did our ancestors on the prairie treat duchenne muscular dystrophy?

They Didn't: Although today's treatment is very limited, our ancestors other than supportive devices, had no real therapy. Read more

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Is there any way to prevent inheriting duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Abortion: The dystrophin gene can be detected in the fetus. If such testing proves the fetus is male and has the full defect, abortion is an option. There is no way to predict severity of the disorder. There is no way to prevent development of the disorder. Steroid therapy can be started early to try to modify the disorder. Read more

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How does one acquire duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Bad genes: Duchenne type of muscular dystrophy is located on the x chromosome and is found in males. There are specific genetic tests that describe the disorder in detail. Women are carriers, and boys develop symptoms during early childhood. In utero testing is available. There is no cure, but early detection and possible use of steroids with appropriate therapy may modify the course. Read more

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How does duchenne muscular dystrophy affect the body?

How does duchenne muscular dystrophy affect the body?

See below: It is caused by an alteration (mutation) in a gene, called the dmd gene that can be inherited in families in an x-linked recessive fashion, but it often occurs in people from families without a known family history of the condition. Individuals who have dmd have progressive loss of muscle function and weakness, which begins in the lower limbs. Read more

Becker Muscular Dystrophy (Definition)

Becker muscular dystrophy is an inherited disorder that involves slowly worsening muscle weakness of the pelvis and legs. The symptoms are similar to Duchenne muscular dystrophy, but the ...Read more