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Dr. Kathryn Mosher
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Muscular Dystrophy (Overview)

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 of the specific geneotype.


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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
140 doctors shared insights

Muscular Dystrophy (Overview)

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 of the specific geneotype.


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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?

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

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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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What does "duchene muscular dystrophy" mean?

What does "duchene muscular dystrophy" mean?

Genetic muscle issue: Dmd is a genetic disorder in which there is a mutation in dystrophin, a structural protein found in muscle cell membrane. It causes progressive weakness that typically starts in the legs and pelvis, but eventually spreads throughout the body and also compromises breathing. There are symptomatic treatments, but no cure. ...Read more

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How might gene therapy be used to treat muscular dystrophy?

How might gene therapy be used to treat muscular dystrophy?

A lot: Replacing dystrophin, the dysfunctional protein in duchenes and beckers muscular dystrophy involves either replacing the bad gene for the good or copying the right protein from the correct gene and replacing it. Either way, genes are the mainstay of therapy. ...Read more

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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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Can fibromyalgia be mistaken for muscular dystrophy? I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia but recently in x-rays learned I have scoliosis in my spine. The pain i deal with on a day to day basis is awful. I am worried if am not being treated for the right thi

Can fibromyalgia be mistaken for muscular dystrophy? I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia but recently in x-rays learned I have scoliosis in my spine. The pain i deal with on a day to day basis is awful. I am worried if am not being treated for the right thi

Not likely here: Md can cause scoliosis but scoliosis is not diagnostic of md. Fibromyalgia is very misunderstood and involves widespread "four quadrant" pain sleep disorders and occasionally other things like irritable bowel you could have that but haven't listed those other things. Keep talking to your doctor and asking questions. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for muscular dystrophy?

What is the best treatment for muscular dystrophy?

Supportive: Mostly supportive and treating complications. There are some results with gene therapy, stem cell etc. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Medical Home: Children with severe muscle disease need a team approach that includes orthopedics, pulmonary, neurology, physiotherapy, gi, gu, and perhaps cardiology. These experts need to be coordinated through a team leader - usually a pediatrician who provides the medical home. ...Read more

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What can be done to cure muscular dystrophy?

What can be done to cure muscular dystrophy?

Treatment, no cure : If you are referring to duchenne muscular dystrophy, there is no cure at this point. It is progressive disease where muscle is replaced by fibrotic tissue. Steroids have been shown to increase the length of time a child can walk, decrease respiratory issues and even decrease the need for scoliosis surgery. It is not a panacea and should be discussed between doctor and family. ...Read more

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Please help docs! where do I go to get the treatment of muscular dystrophy?

Muscular dystrophy: Treatment for this disorder is most commonly done by neurologists that specialize in muscular disorders which is not all neurologist. So i would work with your local primary care doctor and see if one can be identified in your area that can help out. ...Read more

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How could ampyra (dalfampridine) work as a drug for muscular dystrophies?

Ampyra (dalfampridine) is FDA-: approved for use in Mulitiple Sclerosis. If a physician is recommending it for treatment of one of the Muscular Dystrophies, please ask him or her your question. I will refer your question to HT neurologists, as well. ...Read more