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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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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 are the common symptoms of duschenne muscular dystrophy?

Weakness: Duchenne's muscular dystrophy (dmd) is caused by a faulty protein. It results in weakness that starts in the hip girdle and progresses to other areas of the body. It can result in scoliosis and tight muscles. Later in the course it can result in loss of function and frequent respiratory infections. The disease is currently incurable, but steroids can often delay the progression of symptoms. ...Read more

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Is constipation a common symptom of duchenne muscular dystrophy?

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 can be done to reduce the symptoms of muscular dystrophy?

What can be done to reduce the symptoms of muscular dystrophy?

See below: Assistive devices for respiratory complications may be needed, especially at night. Prednisone is given to improve the strength and function of individuals with dmd. Prednisone has been shown to prolong the ability to walk by 2 to 5 years. Cyclosporine has been used to improved clinical function in children, but its use is controversial. Physical therapy and surgery can also offer relief. ...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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How common is muscular dystrophy?

How common is muscular dystrophy?

The muscular: dystrophies (MD) are a group of > 30 genetic diseases that cause progressive weakness and degeneration of muscles. Age of onset, distribution & extent of skeletal muscle weakness, rate of progression, cardiac & smooth muscle involvement & pattern of inheritance differ. Duchenne MD affects 1:3500- 1:6000 male births/year in the US. See http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/md/detail_md & mda.org. ...Read more

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What is the onset of muscular dystrophy like? What are the symptoms?

Muscular dystrophies: are a group of neuromuscular disorders. Rapidly progressive muscle weakness & wasting in Duchenne Type begin in early childhood, with difficulty sitting, standing & walking; in Becker Type, slow progression may begin in late childhood -early adulthood. Each family needs genetic studies & support. See mda.org & educationhttp://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/duchenne-and-becker-muscular-dystrophy. ...Read more

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What is the onset of muscular dystrophy like? What are the symptoms?

What is the onset of muscular dystrophy like? What are the symptoms?

Muscular dystrophies: are a group of neuromuscular disorders. Rapidly progressive muscle weakness & wasting in Duchenne Type begin in early childhood, with difficulty sitting, standing & walking; in Becker Type, slow progression may begin in late childhood -early adulthood. Each family needs genetic studies & support. See mda.org & educationhttp://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/duchenne-and-becker-muscular-dystrophy. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Weakness...: ...More prominent in large muscles than in small ones, progressing to inability to stand up without assistance (see http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/gower_maneuver ); muscles are enlarged early on ("pseudohypertrophy) but wither later. ...Read more