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How do I explain muscular dystrophy to a child ?

How do I explain muscular dystrophy to a child ?

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

Dr. Kathryn Mosher
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Muscular Dystrophy (Definition)

Muscular dystrophy refers to a group of muscle disorders characterized by progressive weakness of the muscles and ...Read more


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What causes muscular dystrophy when kids have it ?

What causes muscular dystrophy when kids have it ?

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 more

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Does muscular dystrophy affect children exclusively?

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 more

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How can I explain a child's muscular dystrophy to people?

How can I explain a child's muscular dystrophy to people?

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 more

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How can you tell if a 10 yr old child has muscular dystrophy?

How can you tell if a 10 yr old child has muscular dystrophy?

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 more

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What's the probability of a couple having a child with muscular dystrophy, if mom is the carrier?

What's the probability of a couple having a child with muscular dystrophy, if mom is the carrier?

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 more

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What are the chances of having a child with scoliosis and muscular dystrophy? How common are these conditions?

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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How is muscular dystrophy passed down to a child from his parents?

X linked or new mutn: The md's can arise as a new mutation in a child or an asymptomatic carrier mother on one of her x chromosomes. As a recessive gene, it will not express when balanced by a normal gene, but can express in male offspring since a carrier x is paired with a y. If mom is a carrier, there is 50% risk with any male pregnancy to have an affected male. ...Read more

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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