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Doctor insights on: Progressive Muscular Atrophy

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What is progressive muscular dystrophy?

What is progressive muscular dystrophy?

Muscle: It is a progressive disorder affecting the muscle causing weakness. ...Read more

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Atrophy (Definition)

Atrophy usually refers to the skin-as you get older or if you have had alot of sun in the past-the dermis (that is the layer below the top layer which is called the epidermis) gets thinner and the skin looks more wrinked. Muscles and fat can also get thinner -this is another form of atrophy. Even the top layer gets thinner ...Read more


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Can progressive muscle atrophy be stopped?

Can progressive muscle atrophy be stopped?

Depends on cause: A physiatrist, or doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation can evaluate the individual and come up with a plan to maximize function. The prognosis depends on the cause of the symptoms. ...Read more

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What is spinal bulbar muscular atrophy?

What is spinal bulbar muscular atrophy?

A neurodegeneration: Sbma is a serious problem in which a gene causes malfunction of male hormones and causes progressive damage to the nerves that control the muscles of the body. As time goes on, men with sbma may experience loss of fertility, impotence, severe weakness, trouble swallowing and breathing, numbness, all that worsen over time, typically in men and typically starting in adulthood. ...Read more

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How are duchennes muscular dystrophy and myotonic muscular dystrophy different?

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

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Differentiate between duchenne and spinal muscular atrophy?

Differentiate between duchenne and spinal muscular atrophy?

Muscle vs motor neur: Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a disease of the muscles wherein the muscles degenerate and are replaced by fibrous and fatty tissue. Spinal muscular atrophy may look similar, but it is not a dystrophy. It is a disease of motor neurons. It is an inherited recessive disease. ...Read more

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How can one differentiate between duchenne muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy?

How can one differentiate between duchenne muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy?

Diagnostics: Muscle biopsy or EMG will be able to differentiate. Presenting symptoms may lead one to be suspected more than the other as well. ...Read more

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What is spinal muscular atrophy?

It is an inherited: Disease due to a generic defect that results in muscular damage. There are different types and some more severe than others. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What causes duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Genetic disorder: Duchenne's muscular dystrophy is an x linked genetic disorder causing abnormalities of the muscle fiber and eventual degeneration. ...Read more

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What causes duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Hereditary: It is inherited because of a defective gene on the x chromosome (female sex chromosome). It is referred to as a "sex-linked recessive" inheritance pattern. Girls get two x chromosomes, and the healthy one overrules the unhealthy gene, preventing girls from contracting the disorder. Boys get an x and a y. If the x has the defective gene, there is no corresponding gene on the y to overrule it. ...Read more

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Can muscular dystrophy cause transient ischemic attacks?

No: No, they're unrelated forms of pathology - what is a muscle disease, the other a vascular disease. ...Read more

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Patient with excellent result of prior (x3) spinal fusion. Severe paraspinous muscle spasm with MRI showing paraspinous muscle atrophy edema. Rx?

Patient with excellent result of prior (x3) spinal fusion. Severe paraspinous muscle spasm with MRI showing paraspinous muscle atrophy edema. Rx?

Physical Therapy: I will probable have him/her continue with pt/hep focused in strengthening the paraspinal musculatures. Tens units can be tried to see if it can also help. ...Read more

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Could shoulder atrophy cause neck muscle weakness?

Could shoulder atrophy cause neck muscle weakness?

very unusual: They are likely related to a similar cause. The potential list of causes can range from; poor postural mechanics, nerve root dysfunction from the neck region, muscular dystrophy and even some types of arthritis. It really warrants an evaluation from a specialist if you have not seen one yet. ...Read more

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Why is spinal bulbar muscular atrophy also known as kennedy's disease?

Why is spinal bulbar muscular atrophy also known as kennedy's disease?

Kennedy's Diease: A debilitating neurodegenerative disease resulting in muscle cramps and progressive weakness due to degeneration of motor neurons in the brain stem and spinal cord. The condition is associated with mutation of the androgen receptor (ar) gene and is inherited as a x-linked recessive. As with many genetic disorders, no cure is known, although research continues. Described by dr kennedy in 1968. ...Read more

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Spinal muscular atrophy-what is it?

Spinal muscular atrophy-what is it?

Heriditary Disease: A group of hereditary-genetic disease that result in muscular atrophy and weakness. They are progressive in nature. There are 4 types. Type i werdnig-hoffmann disease. Also type ii, iii , & the adult onset type iv. Treatment is supportive & physical therapy--to prevent contractures. ...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's the difference between muscle wasting disease or disuse atrophy?

What's the difference between muscle wasting disease or disuse atrophy?

Depends: Disuse atrophy simply suggests that a muscle weakens because of lack of use. A muscle wasting disease can be related to a number of underlying factors, e.g. A neurologic disorder such as muscular dystrophy or lou gehrig's disease. Neurology consultation should be able to help rule out the more worrisome conditions. ...Read more

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Where does duchenne muscular dystrophy usually appear?

Before age 3 years: Boys with Duchennes MD experience weakness in their lower extremities, especially the hip and erector muscles of the thighs, with frequent falling. The appear to have hypertrophy of the calf muscles. ...Read more

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Can nerve entrapment cause weight loss, muscle wasting and muscle weakness.

Can nerve entrapment cause weight loss,  muscle wasting and muscle weakness.

No and Yes: Motor nerve entrapment can definitely cause muscle wasting & weakness - but only of a particular muscle or muscle group innervated by that nerve. It's unlikely to cause weight loss except if you lose a large amount of muscle mass.If generalized weight loss &/or generalized muscle weakness is occurring, you need a proper medical evaluation to determine cause; it's unlikely to be nerve entrapment. ...Read more

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Can cerebellar atrophy be reversed?

Cerebellar atrophy: Cerebellar atrophy from any cause is not reversible. Treating the underlying cause may prevent it from getting worse such as alcohol and vitamin E deficiency etc. ...Read more