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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

Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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What are the signs and symptoms of muscular dystrophy?

Progressive weakness: Muscular dystrophy just describes a form of muscle disease that progresses over time. The most common is duchenne's form that starts in early childhood and can produce severe disability by early adult. Usually proximal weakness is first (gowers sign), thick calves with high cpk. Most are highly genetic, and genetic testing can be very helpful. No cures yet, but lots of research. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of duschenne muscular dystrophy?

Weakness: Duchenne's muscular dystrophy (dmd) is caused by a faulty protein. It results in weakness that starts in the hip girdle and progresses to other areas of the body. It can result in scoliosis and tight muscles. Later in the course it can result in loss of function and frequent respiratory infections. The disease is currently incurable, but steroids can often delay the progression of symptoms. ...Read more

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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

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Early signs of altzheimer?

Early signs of altzheimer?

Mostly memory loss: Alzheimer's dementia starts earlier than previously thought with declining intellectual capacity and memory. Mild at first it's excused as "absent minded, you're just tired, it's my adhd". The one affected is often in denial of the loss. Eventually newer memory fades & new memory isn't formed. Cognition declines, paranoia & delusions may occur & motor skills(even swallowing) & self care deteriorate. ...Read more

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What are early signs of huntingtons disease?

What are early signs of huntingtons disease?

Many signs: 50% of Huntington's patient develop psychiatric symptoms and 50% develop neurological symptoms which are usually involuntary movements - including chorea,a the tho sis, dystopia and tics. ...Read more

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Are there any signs of vision impairment with early age related macular degeneration?

Are there any signs of vision impairment with early age related macular degeneration?

Depends: Most people experience distortion in the central vision as an early sign of age-related macular degeneration. There is a self-screening tool called an amsler grid that is often recommended for people with risk factors for the disease. It can help to detect early distortion. Decreased central vision with difficulty to read, recognize faces, watch tv, and drive often happen as the disease progresses. ...Read more

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What are the early signs of Alzheimer's disease or mci?

What are the early signs of Alzheimer's disease or mci?

Cognitive loss: We now know that mild cogntive impairment(mci) amnestic type is a precursor to ad- about 10-15 % of people will convert form mci to early ad.Both are characterised by memory(especally short term) loss. Dementia is characterised by functional loss as well. If there is a quetion what is going on, a neuropsychological evalaution can help with the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the early signs of msa and or Parkinson's disease ? Early on what are the subtle signs?

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What are the early signs of msa and or Parkinson's disease ? Early on what are the subtle signs?

Well reviewed : Let me direct you to the mayo clinic http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/parkinsons-disease/basics/symptoms/con-20028488 in summary tremor, slower movements, rigid muscles, impaired posture/balance, smaller writing, speech changes, loss of automatic movements. Keep in mind each of these symptoms taken alone are less likely to be msa or parkinson's and at your age (. ...Read more

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What is the national morbidity rate of duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Historically, DMD: results in loss of ambulation between 7-13 & demise in the teens-20's, but aggressive medical management can prolong ambulation & address cardiac & pulmonary complications to increase life-span to ~ 28 years. Families can find regional MDA/ALS Clinics by calling (800) 572-1717 or on http://mda.org/services/your-mda-clinic for optimal medical & mental health services. ...Read more

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What are the early signs of cerebral palsy?

What are the early signs of cerebral palsy?

Early handedness: An early preferance for the use of one hand (handedness before 18 months of age), fisting of the hands and scissoring of the legs are often early subtle signs of cerebral palsy. ...Read more

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What are early signs of Parkinson's disease?

What are early signs of Parkinson's disease?

Some signs: If you have shaking of you hands/arms while limbs at rest, if your balance is unsteady, and you are taking tiny little steps uncertainly, if you are developing progressive constipation, and swallowing is troublesome, if your shoulders and limbs feel tight and stiff, if you organizational skills are failing, and judgement and visual skills an issue, or you are experiencing twisting of a foot. ...Read more

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Is muscular vibration of stomech sign of early pregnency?

Is muscular vibration of stomech sign of early pregnency?

No: No. Stomach vibration is not known to be a sign of pregnancy. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What causes the progression of scoliosis in one's early 20s?

What causes the progression of scoliosis in one's early 20s?

See below.: Scoliosis (a curvature of the spine to the side) often begins around 10 years old;it’s 4-5 times more common in girls than boys. It usually causes no symptoms, but if severe, it can compress the lungs. Because it can continue to progress as long as the spine is growing, your doctor will recheck it regularly. If the curve gets to 20+ degrees, your doctor can recommend an orthopedist. ...Read more

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What are the early warning signs of heart disease in women ?

What are the early warning signs of heart disease in women ?

CAD in women: Often women have the same symptoms as men, however, women can more frequently than men have atypical symptoms such as nausea, shortness of breath or heart failure. This is because women develop heart disease at an older age and with other illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension and kidney disease. In women ther may be no early warning symptoms of heart disease. ...Read more

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What are some early signs of a heart attack?

What are some early signs of a heart attack?

Variable: Symptoms: chest and neck and left arm pain can all occur elephant sitting on your chest shortness of breath fatigue anxiety fear some are asymptomatic signs: cold clammy low pulse rate, or fast irregular sudden death, . ...Read more

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What are the early physical signs of cirrosis ?

What are the early physical signs  of cirrosis ?

Need more info: Cirrhosis=stage 4 scarring of the liver. Complications like fluid build up in your abdominal cavity (ascites), confusion (hepatic encephalopathy), and liver cancer (hcc) as well as easy bruising, fatigue and jaundice on occasion (elevated bilirubin) can occur. You need to be followed by a liver doctor who can manage and control the above signs/symptoms once they develop (occur at different rates. ...Read more

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My muscles/nerves sometimes twitch rapidly. Is this an early sign of something like Muscular Dystrophy or Parkinsons coming later in life?

My muscles/nerves sometimes twitch rapidly.  Is this an early sign of something like Muscular Dystrophy or Parkinsons coming later in life?

Not likely: I remember worrying about my muscle twitching as a young man. Neurodegenerative disease unlikely. It seems that we all twitch from time time, with little focal areas of fasciculation. 50 years later and I'm still not degenerating since my first concern (I think). Not the case, however, if accompanied with weakness, pain, or reduced sensation, in which case you would merit a neurologic eval ...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