Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Biology

Introduction

i chose the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy disorder because I've heard about it but never really knew what the symptoms were. i want to learn a little more about it.

Symptoms

Your body starts to break down and bones start to weaken. the person with the disorder will start to have heart problems by the age of twenty. Their internal organs in general just fail them.
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Causes

it is a form of muscular dystrophy that worsens quite quickly compare to Beckers muscular dystrophy. is is a genetic tendency that is carried by the mother or father. it is recessive.
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Treatment

The muscle loss is treated by steroids,creatine,fish oil,vitamin E and amino acids. but this is just to slow down the loss of muscle there isn't a full treatment to stop the muscle loss. to help with the internal organs assisted ventilation is required. drugs to help the heart function such as angiotensin,beta blockers and diuretics. it is recommended that you go to get gene therapy

Diagnoses

Electromyography test will be done and also muscle tests, muscle biopsy and Serum CPK. It is highly recommended that you get genetic counseling.
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Population effects

1 out of 3,600 to 5,000 infant males will be diagnosed with this disorder is is very rare for a female to be affected by this disorder, it is more possible for them to be a carrier.

What i discovered

There is no cure for this disorder, it occurs in mostly males when they are infants. It is inherited if the father has it or the mother is a carrier.
duchenne muscular dystrophy - harrison's story