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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is the cause of frequent respiratory infections in children with duchenne muscular dystrophy ?
Impaired muscles: When dmd affects the muscles of breathing, patients have difficulty clearing secretions which can lead to increased infections. Chest pt can be useful to break the secretions up and allow them to be cleared. If there is an issue with scoliosis, this should be addressed early to prevent further repiratory compromise later in the disease course. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Weak respirations: As Duchennes muscular dystrophy progresses, the muscles of respiration become weakened. As a result the person does not have the forceful breathing and cough to clear secretions from the respiratory tract. As soon as a cold begins you should give vigorous chest physical therapy to mobilize the secretions and if necessary suction them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Per MDA.org:: Until relatively recently, boys with DMD usually did not survive much beyond their teen years. Thanks to advances in cardiac and respiratory care, life expectancy is increasing and many young adults with DMD attend college, have careers, get married and have children. Survival into the early 30s is becoming more common, and there are cases of men living into their 40s and 50s. ...Read more
Muscular Dystrophies: Muscular dystrophies cause progressive skeletal muscle weakness & wasting. Main types are Duchenne, Becker, limb girdle, congenital, facioscapulohumeral, myotonic, oculopharyngeal, distal, and Emery-Dreifuss, but > 100 similar inherited diseases exist. Most involve an internal organs/systems- heart, endocrine & nervous systems, GI & urinary tracts, skin &/or eyes- at some stage. See mda.org. ...Read more
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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