Duchenne Muscular Distrophy
By: Shaedyn Housh
What is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy?
What happens to the body? What part of the body is generally affected?
List all of the possible effects on the body.
The effects will vary with age, but the symptoms of this disease can be shown as early as the age of three.
1. In toddlers enlarged calf muscles and clumsiness are common
2. In preschool aged children, clumsiness, trouble getting up from the floor, trouble climbing stairs or running are often symptoms
3. In older children walking on the toes or balls of their feet with a slightly waddling gait and fall frequently, and difficulty raising their arms
4. Between the ages of 7-12 the child will be in a wheel chair
5. By teenage years the inability to raise their arms, legs, or trunk without assistance. Often endure painful sensations.
6. Most children will not live past the age of 20, however as symptom management technologies improve there have been more and more recent cases of these men living into their thirties (rarely even into their 40's and 50's)
How the disorder is treated and how the disorder is diagnosed
How many and what type of people are more likely to have this disorder?
Application of Research
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=11686 - Definition of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
https://www.mda.org/disease/duchenne-muscular-dystrophy/research - Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research
http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/content/125/1/4 - Brain Function in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
https://www.genome.gov/19518854/learning-about-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy/ - Learning About Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/musculardystrophy/data.html - Muscular Dystrophy Data and Statistics
http://hmg.oxfordjournals.org/content/11/20/2355.fulln - Gene therapy of muscular dystrophy
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/muscular-dystrophy/basics/treatment/con-20021240 - Muscular Dystrophy Treatments