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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 parts of the body does muscular dystrophy attack?

Muscles : Muscular dystrophy is a disease of the muscle cells themselves, leading to progressive weakness over time. The nerves are spared, and as such sensation is relatively preserved. ...Read more

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How does duchenne muscular dystrophy affect the body?

How does duchenne muscular dystrophy affect the body?

See below: It is caused by an alteration (mutation) in a gene, called the dmd gene that can be inherited in families in an x-linked recessive fashion, but it often occurs in people from families without a known family history of the condition. Individuals who have dmd have progressive loss of muscle function and weakness, which begins in the lower limbs. ...Read more

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Where does duchenne muscular dystrophy strike most in the body?

Where does duchenne muscular dystrophy strike most in the body?

Mutations in the : dystrophin gene, Xp21.2-p21.1, causes weakness in large, then small, skeletal muscles. Weakness of heart muscle, smooth muscle of GI tract & urinary tracts, Speech Sound Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Specific Learning Disability & behavior problems occur in some boys. Carrier girls may have cardiomyopathy. Specific mutations determine manifestations in boys & carrier girls. See mda.org. ...Read more

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For what reason might duchenne muscular dystrophy appear in some body regions but not others?

For what reason might duchenne muscular dystrophy appear in some body regions but not others?

Certain muscles are: More prone to md starting in those areas, but as it is progressive, will most likely eventually start causing problems in more and more muscle groups. The progression can be different for all and use, muscle health and types of md can affect which groups show up first and how progressive it is. ...Read more

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What is muscular dystrophy?

Muscle disease: Muscular dystrophy is a worsening disorder that causes muscle weakness. The worst kind is duchenne's dystrophy, that affects only boys, leads to severe weakness, and wheelchair needs, breathing difficulties in the teens. Milder forms can present later or not cause as much disability. These are genetic (runs in families) disorders. ...Read more

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What causes muscular dystrophy?

Faulty protein: The most common form of muscular dystrophy is caused by an abnormal protein. It causes muscle tissues not to form correctly resulting in replacement of muscle tissue with scar tissue and fatty infiltrate. ...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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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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What is progressive muscular dystrophy?

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

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