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Muscular Dystrophy


Muscular Dystrophy is a genetic disease which has no cure. This generally affects young children. In this disease gradual deterioration of muscles occur and slowly the patient is unable to do any movements. Read on.

Inheritance

Muscular Dystrophy is an inherited disease. It is characterized by progressive weakness of the muscles which control movement. There are a variety of dystrophies and the inheritance pattern varies with each type. Most of the dystrophies affect young children.
 

Type

The major forms of MD include myotonic, Duchenne, Becker, limb-girdle, facioscapulohumeral, congenital, oculopharyngeal, distal and Emery-Dreifuss.
 

About It 

Duchenne Dystrophy is the most common dystrophy that occurs in children and has a sex-linked recessive inheritance. This means it affects boys, and females are carriers of the disease. All the voluntary muscles of the body are involved in the dystrophic process, some more and some less. For example the muscles involved in chewing food are least affected while respiratory muscles are involved late in the disease. Limb girdle muscles are most involved. As life advances these children loose various functions. First, walking is affected, later they find difficulty in rising from sitting posture. Soon they take to the wheel chair. Though their brain functions normally, the muscles slowly keep deteriorating, and pretty soon independent existence becomes impossible. The life span of these children is cut short and they usually die around 16-20 years of age. 
 

Muscular Dystrophy Society

In view of the above some like-minded doctors and social workers got together in 1973 and founded Muscular Dystrophy Society. The aim of the society was to give cheer to the afflicted as there is no treatment available. The Society has concentrated on improving their life style, increase their ability to stand and walk for more number of years.  
 

The genetic defect of each type of dystrophy is now recognised and soon treatment related to this genetic knowledge may be introduced. In order to keep pace with the world, the Society is now trying hard to expand its activities and introduce genetic research in India. Funds are difficult to come by and the Society appeals to one and all to donate generously. 

Address

Muscular Dystrophy Society, 2nd floor, Ratnakar, Narayan Dabholkar Road, Mumbai 400 006. (80G income tax exemption certificate available.)

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Caroline Mertella.4 years ago
The life expectancy for many of these forms of muscular dystrophy depends on the degree to which a person's muscles are weakened as well as how much the heart and lungs are affected.Tests can help the doctor determine which type of muscular dystrophy a person has and rule out other diseases that affect the muscles or nerves. Some tests measure how nerves and muscles are working.
 
 
 
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Linda goodman.4 years ago
It weakens muscles over time, so children, teens, and adults who have the disease can gradually lose the ability to do the things most people take for granted, like walking or sitting up. there is no specific age when the symptoms will show up.
 
 
 
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Lewis Caroll.4 years ago
There is no cure for muscular dystrophy. So the treatments should be aimed at keeping the discomfort away. Treatments include physical and speech therapy, orthopedic devices, surgery and medications.
 
 
 
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Duchenne Dystrophy is the most common dystrophy that occurs in children and has a sex-linked recessive inheritance. This means it affects boys, and females are carriers of the disease. All the voluntary muscles of the body are involved in the dystrophic process, some more and some less. For example the muscles involved in chewing food are least affected while respiratory muscles are involved late in the disease. Limb girdle muscles are most involved. As life advances these children loose various functions. First, walking is affected, later they find difficulty in rising from sitting posture. Soon they take to the wheel chair. Though their brain functions normally, the muscles slowly keep deteriorating, and pretty soon independent existence becomes impossible. The life span of these children is cut short and they usually die around 16-20 years of age. In view of the above some like-minded doctors and social workers got together in 1973 and founded Muscular Dystrophy Society. The aim of the society was to give cheer to the afflicted as there is no treatment available. The Society has concentrated on improving their life style, increase their ability to stand and walk for more number of years. Address Muscular Dystrophy Society, 2nd floor, Ratnakar, Narayan Dabholkar Road, Mumbai 400 006. (80G income tax exemption certificate available.) Have you heard about this disease? Talk about it!
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Dear Sir, I have an uncle suffering from this disease. He has taken to wheel chair. I found your address on the internet but could not locate your telephone no. so that i could benefit from your socie...
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