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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.

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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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.

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I want to know what's the disease duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Muscle weakness: Duchenne muscular dystrophy is an inherited disorder that involves muscle weakness, which quickly gets worse. This condition primarily affects boys.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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