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Is constipation a common symptom of duchenne muscular dystrophy?

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

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 to do if I have duchenne muscular dystrophy and have had constipation since 9 days but with soft liquid stools passing?

What to do if I have duchenne muscular dystrophy and have had constipation since 9 days but with soft liquid stools passing?

Unfortunately......: You probably need to be disempacted. After nine days you probably have a bowel impaction and some of the liquid is able to get past the main blockage. Use of a stool softener and good hydration can sometimes prevent this. Use of a strong enema or laxatives should only be done under medical supervision in this situation. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of duchenne muscular dystrophy?

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 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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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

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Constipation (Definition)

Constipation is difficulty passing ...Read more


Dr. Troy Reyna
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Constipation (Child) (Definition)

The difficulty passing stool or infrequent stools. ...Read more