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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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How serious is muscular dystrophy?

How serious is muscular dystrophy?

It is different: It is different from one person to the other and what type of muscular dystrophy the person has. Some patients have a mild form of the disease and some of the muscular dystrophies can be associated with heart involvement and breathing difficulties, so it could be serious. ...Read more

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Help please, what is muscular dystrophy?

Inborn muscle diseas: Nih website has lots of excellent information: http://www.Ninds.Nih.Gov/disorders/md/md.Htm "the muscular dystrophies (md) are a group of more than 30 genetic diseases characterized by progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal muscles that control movement. Some forms of md are seen in infancy or childhood, while others may not appear until middle age or later. ". ...Read more

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Are muscular dystrophy diseases inherited?

Yes, virtually all: Heredity varies from autosomal dominant to recessive and a few sex linked, but these are indeed genetically mediated muscle disorders. ...Read more

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Please tell me what muscular dystrophy is?

Muscular dystrophy: This is a group of disorders where there is damage to the muscles causing progressive muscle weakness. ...Read more

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What is the biological cause of muscular dystrophy?

What is the biological cause of muscular dystrophy?

Muscular dystrophies: are a group of inherited neuromuscular disorders. Of the 9 major types & > 100 related disorders, each is caused by a specific mutant gene or genes. Some are inherited in an X-linked recessive pattern from a carrier mother; others are autosomal dominant, meaning each child of an affected parent has a 50% chance of inheriting it. Please specify the type to know the specific genetic defect. ...Read more

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What kind of experience is it to have muscular dystrophy?

Muscular dystrophy: The muscular dystrophies all share progress weakness. The distribution and degree of weakness are dependent on the type of muscular dystrophy. The most significant problem is weakness and difficulty carrying out motor tasks such as lifting objects and walking. Individuals find they fatigue easily and it takes increasing effort to do tasks. There is no pain associated dystrophy. ...Read more

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Are there tests that detect carriers of muscular dystrophy? 

Genetic test: Blood test for genetic abnormalities can help with this in the right clinical situation. Consult a certified genetic counselor. ...Read more

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How are duchennes muscular dystrophy and myotonic muscular dystrophy different?

Amount of Dystrophin: The two conditions differ in their severity, age of onset, and rate of progression. Mutations in the dmd gene cause duchenne and becker forms of muscular dystrophy (dmd and bmd, respectively). Mutations that lead to an abnormal version of dystrophin that retains some function usually cause bmd, while mutations that prevent the production of any functional dystrophin causes dmd. ...Read more