Muscular Dystrophy

By:Blake.Barton

What is Muscular Dystrophy?

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a genetic disorder in which the muscles enlarge until there is too much pressure.Then they can’t move because they basically have no muscle.Like when you stretch a rubber band and after it is stretched to far it brakes. It’s sad because then they can’t do anything for a while until they do enough physical therapy sessions.Which for a regular patient after surgery takes a month or two at least that’s how my dad was.1 in 3500 boys have it and it starts in early life and is more likely for males.

What are the symptoms of Muscular Dystrophy?

Some symptoms you see is when the muscles start to deteriorate.The person has difficulty walking.They might spread their feet wide to keep balance.Over time muscle weakness severly and also progresses to include muscles in other parts of the body. These include muscles in the neck and arms. The muscle in the chest may also be affected. This can result in such complications as deformities in development of the bones of the chest and spine and scoliosis. This can lead to serious complications, including difficulty breathing and pneumonia. Some children may also have mental impairment, cardiac arrhythmias or cardiomyopathy.

How to cure this Dystrophy?And is it inherited.

There are medicine that strenghten your muscles.And they can go to physical therapy to regain strength.You can use training tools to walk.And theres not alot you can do and they cant do anything about it.A gene on the X chromosome that, when flawed (mutated), causes both Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies. Every boy inherits an X chromosome from his mother and a Y chromosome from his father, which is what makes him male. Girls get two X chromosomes, one from each parent.Each son born to a woman with a dystrophin mutation on one of her two X chromosomes has a 50 percent chance of inheriting the flawed gene and having DMD.