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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
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
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
Varies some: The explanation you use must reflect the developmental stage of the kid. In the tooth fairy era, under age 8, simple & short is best. Illness with weak muscles should suffice, repeated often. The concrete kid 8-teens can handle a little more, but doesn't need much. The idea of a chronic illness with no good treatments.Mid-late teens can handle a deeper discussion about chronic illness. ...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
NO: There are forms of muscular dystrophy that affect young adults, are milder, and less disabling. Becker's dystrophy, facioscapulohumeral dystrophy, scapuloperoneal dystrophy are examples. They are still inherited disorders, progress over time, but generally are less severe than the childhood forms of disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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