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Dr. Sarah Kohl Dr. Kohl
Travel Medicine
31 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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How do I caregive for my son with muscular dystrophy?

How do I caregive for my son with muscular dystrophy?

Lovingly : Children need love, patience, and guidance to grow. Learn as much as you can about your son's type of muscular dystrophy. Helping your child figure out how to accomplish his dreams with the physical limitatons the dystrphy imposes will be one of your great tasks. You and your child can figure out how to manage the perceptions of others as the physical manifestons become apparent. ...Read more

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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


Dr. William Singer Dr. Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
47 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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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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Dr. Jonathan Dissin Dr. Dissin
Neurology
35 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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What is duchenne muscular dystrophy?

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

Dr. Michael Amster Dr. Amster
Pediatrics
years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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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

Dr. Beth Howell Dr. Howell
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
University of Arizona College of Medicine
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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

Dr. William Singer Dr. Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
47 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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Dr. Salil Gupta Dr. Gupta
Pediatrics
38 years in practice
University of Delhi, Maulana Azad Medical College
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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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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky Dr. Belilovsky
Pediatrics
31 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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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. Kathryn Mosher Dr. Mosher
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
16 years in practice
University of Minnesota Medical School
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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

Dr. Cornelia Franz Dr. Franz
Pediatrics
years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Mark Diamond Dr. Diamond
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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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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Dr. William Goldie Dr. Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
44 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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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

Dr. William Goldie Dr. Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
44 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia Dr. Sia
Pediatrics
27 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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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. William Singer Dr. Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
47 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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Where does duchenne muscular dystrophy usually appear?

Before age 3 years: Boys with Duchennes MD experience weakness in their lower extremities, especially the hip and erector muscles of the thighs, with frequent falling. The appear to have hypertrophy of the calf muscles. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Sysyn Dr. Sysyn
Pediatrics
23 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Dr. Natalie Hodge Dr. Hodge
Pediatrics
22 years in practice
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
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What can you tell me about duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Bad disease: This is a group of muscle diseases that all show progressive muscle decline over time. There are a variety of forms, varying from mild to severe. With progressive treatments and care, there are men surviving into their 30's forties and even 50's now. ...Read more

Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky Dr. Belilovsky
Pediatrics
31 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Dr. Robert Lowe Dr. Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology
13 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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Where can I find good info on duchenne muscular dystrophy?

MDA and NIH: Muscular dystrophy association www.mda.com. And national institutes of health website. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/md/md.htm. ...Read more

Dr. Kathryn Mosher Dr. Mosher
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
16 years in practice
University of Minnesota Medical School
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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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