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Kids With Muscular Dystrophy
Genetics: Muscular dystrophies are caused by mutations in the genes responsible for making the components of muscle. Sometimes these mutations are sporadic, while in other cases there is a family history. A neurologist or geneticist can help you determine the specifics of your case and if genetic testing of the patient or their family members might be useful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A fair amount: A child with dmd will need many doctors visits and likely some surgeries in their lives. Going to a children's hospital or a multidisciplinary clinic can help lessen the burden. Also, they can point you in the direction of counselors who can help you deal with upcoming challenges. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have epilepsy and according to my MRI i had a stroke when i was a kid is this possible. Also I have muscular dystrophy?
Sadly, yes: Children can have strokes but not for the same reasons adults do. Adults develop atherosclerosis and cardiac rhythms disturbances which can lead to stroke whereas children may be born with arterial-venous malformations and aneuryms which can lead to stroke. Vasculitis and infection are additional rare causes of stroke in young people. ...Read more
Simple is best: Sometimes the simplest answer is the best, particularly when dealing with the curious or worried. The child's genes that are responsible for building and maintaining muscle don't work right. So the existing muscle remains weak & new muscle is not formed correctly.It is not contagious to others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
NO: There are forms of muscular dystrophy that affect young adults, are milder, and less disabling. Becker's dystrophy, facioscapulohumeral dystrophy, scapuloperoneal dystrophy are examples. They are still inherited disorders, progress over time, but generally are less severe than the childhood forms of disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies some: The explanation you use must reflect the developmental stage of the kid. In the tooth fairy era, under age 8, simple & short is best. Illness with weak muscles should suffice, repeated often. The concrete kid 8-teens can handle a little more, but doesn't need much. The idea of a chronic illness with no good treatments.Mid-late teens can handle a deeper discussion about chronic illness. ...Read more
Depends: This depends entirely on the type of muscular dystrophy and the type of inheritance pattern. Some disorders are dominant, meaning there is a 50/50 chance of passing it on, some are recessive meaning you need to reproduce with another carrier to pass it on, and some are x linked. One form, duchenne muscular dystrophy is always x linked and carrier moms have a 50% chance of passing it to their sons. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See a doctor: If you are at all worried you should see your physician. Typically kids will have difficutly getting up from a seated position, going up stairs, and keeping up with their peers. Some are toe walkers. Many things can mimic muscular dystrophy, so it is important to see a knowledgeable professional who can help you sort it out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the chances of having a child with scoliosis and muscular dystrophy? How common are these conditions?
Family history ?: Prevalence of inheritable disorders in the general population is meaningless in the face of a positive family history. Some day, newborn screening will include genomes along with hearing & inborn errors of metabolism. Obtain a 3-generation family history, with results of genetic testing in all affected family members & seek pre-pregnancy genetic counseling in order to make an informed decision. ...Read more
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