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Dr. Kathryn Mosher
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Muscular Dystrophy (Overview)

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


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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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Dr. Kathryn Mosher
139 doctors shared insights

Muscular Dystrophy (Overview)

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


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How does duchenne muscular dystrophy affect the family and kids socialy and economically?

How does duchenne muscular dystrophy affect the family and kids socialy and economically?

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 more

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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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What are the most common symptoms of muscular dystrophy?

What are the most common symptoms of muscular dystrophy?

Weakness: Muscular dystrophy syndromes are the result of abnormal proteins. These result in faulty muscle production, muscle tissue is replaced by scar tissue and fatty infiltrate. This results in weakness, muscle contracture and sometimes scoliosis. Later in the disease process frequent respiratory infections and other issues. ...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 is done for a muscular dystrophy diagnosis at a late age?

Hard to say: Many forms of muscular dystrophy exist. Most are genetic, hence uncorrectable (until stem cell therapy becomes available). Best bet to get correct answers to your personal situation is to work with a neurologist, especially one who specializes in muscle disorders. ...Read more

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Are there ways to reverse muscular atrophy if you have muscular dystrophy?

Usually not: There are some experimental compounds that may prevent or delay atrophy in muscular dystrophy but nothing that uasually brings back muscles that have atrophied already. One should discuss preventative measures as well as possible treatmenst with a neuromuscular neurologist. ...Read more