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What are some treatments for duchenne muscular dystrophy?

What are some treatments for duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Medical Home: Children with severe muscle disease need a team approach that includes orthopedics, pulmonary, neurology, physiotherapy, gi, gu, and perhaps cardiology. These experts need to be coordinated through a team leader - usually a pediatrician who provides the medical home. ...Read more

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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What are the treatments available for duchenne muscular dystrophy?

What are the treatments available for duchenne muscular dystrophy?

See below: There are no known cures for duchenne muscular dystrophy, so treatments are aimed at improving symptoms and improving quality of life. Options include physical therapy, assisted ventilation, medications to help the heart. ...Read more

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Both of my sons are sick with duchenne muscular dystrophy. Is there a cure?

Both of my sons are sick with duchenne muscular dystrophy. Is there a cure?

Unfortunately no: Unfortunately there is no cure at this time. A great deal of research is taking place regarding treatment. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me the best possible way to slow down duchenne muscular dystrophy?

One promising...: ...Experimental drug seems likely to be of help: http://www.Ucdmc.Ucdavis.Edu/publish/news/newsroom/7450. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Duchenne muscular-: -Dystrophy or DMD is a genetic disorder. DMD is caused by an absence of dystrophin, a protein that helps keep muscle cells intact. DMD is characterized by progressive muscle weakness and degeneration. Symptom onset is usually between ages 3 and 5. The disease primarily affects boys, but in rare cases it can affect girls. ...Read more

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What mutation type causes duchenne muscular dystrophy?

What mutation type causes duchenne muscular dystrophy?

DMD is caused by: mutation of Xp21.2-p21.1, a large gene that encodes dystrophin, a muscle protein. Deletions in specific areas of the gene are associated with cognitive impairment, verbal memory, auditory comprehension, increased risk of ADHD & Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Each son of a carrier mom has a 50% chance of having DMD. Carrier girls can have muscle weakness, including heart. See mda.org & a geneticist. ...Read more

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What mutation type causes duchenne muscular dystrophy?

What mutation type causes duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Duchenne MD: Duchenne muscular dystrophy is caused by a defective gene for dystrophin (a protein in the muscles). It is inherited in an X-linked recessive fashion, but it often occurs in people from families without a known family history of the condition. Children with the condition should be followed with a multi-specialist team approach ...Read more

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How genetically is duchenne muscular dystrophy is transmitted?

X linked: The gene for the abnormal protein is located on the x chromosome. Hence it is "x linked" . Mostly boys are affected. ...Read more

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What is the genetic inheritance of duchenne muscular dystrophy?

X linked: The gene for the abnormal protein is located on the x chromosome. Hence it is "x linked" . Mostly boys are affected. ...Read more

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Is constipation a common symptom of duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Possibly: Constipation can be affected by immobility, decreased fluid intake. It can also be affected by medications. Read up on the side effects of the medications being given. ...Read more

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Which chromosome is affected by duchenne muscular dystrophy (dmd)?

X chromosome: The gene for the abnormal protein is located on the x chromosome. Hence it is "x linked" . Mostly boys are affected. ...Read more

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What happens if we donot give steroids in Duchenne muscular dystrophy?

It is recommended: to begin corticosteroids early to slow the loss of muscle strength, though they may improve muscle strength if started when the child begins to decline. Most boys with DMD are wheelchair-bound by age 10-12 years. In many cases oral steroids prolong ambulation by 1-3 years. Join Muscular Dystrophy Association India, http://www.mdindia.org for information & support. ...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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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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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

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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

Dr. Hank Chambers
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Duchenne 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