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Who Is Affected By Muscular Dystrophy
Muscular dystrophy includes a number of disorders which are associated primarily with abnormalities of the architecture of the cells, often causing changes in size and function (weakness). These disorders are typically inherited, and recognized early in life, although there are of course exceptions to this. Prognosis is based on the type of MD and expression ...Read more
Women, more than 40: Women and people over age 40 are most commonly diagnosed with costochondritis. You may also be at a higher risk for this condition if you: - participate in high-impact activities - perform manual labor - have allergies and are frequently exposed to irritants Your risk increases if you have any of the following conditions: - rheumatoid arthritis, - ankylosing spondylitis - Reiter’s syndrome ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does being diagnosed with Myotonia through genetic testing of the Scn4a gene mean a person has Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy? Is Myotonia a Dystrophy?
Yes but . . .: Yes, there is no reason that a person with duchenne could not reproduce. However, most people with duchenne elect not to because as they get older their health tends to become more fragile. Also if they have daughters they have a 100% chance that their daughters will carry the disease which means their grandsons would be affected. ...Read more
Older males: Typically, there are about 3 times as many males as females, but not fully clear why there is this predilection. Usually a disease presenting in the 60's and 70's, but younger patients can be seen. There may be a higher frequency in Caucasians. ...Read more
How effective is skelaxin (metaxalone) in helping with the spasmodic symptoms associated with myotonic dystrophy (related to muscular dystrophy)?
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 learn the specific genetic defect. ...Read more
Why is the glycosylation of dystroglycan important for its function as in the case with duchennes muscular dystrophy?
Muscle unstable: Dystrophin is an important components of the skeleton of the muscle fiber that helps keep the membrane stable and the membrane proteins "anchored" in the correct place in the cells that allows to perform their normal function. When this is absent such as in duchenne, the muscle fibers degenerate. The sarcoglycans are other components that are linked to dystrophin and have relatively similar role. ...Read more
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