Muscular Dystrophy By Trent Sperry Mr. Holley’s 3 ° Human Interaction April 2011
What is Muscular Dystrophy?
- Non curable/treatable disease
- Progressive degeneration and weakness of skeletal muscles
- Caused by defective genes
Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy
- Almost exclusively in males
- Usually life-threatening before the age of 20
- Becker: similar to Duchenne but slower, may retain muscle function into adult life
- Starts in pelvic region & progresses to arms and legs
- Relates to face, shoulder blade, and upper arm
- Later symptoms sloping shoulders, difficulty in closing eyes
- May mildly effect or totally disable
Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy
- Most common Dystrophy that affects adults
- Main symptom: stiff muscles after use
- May affect nervous system, heart, intestines, eyes, and endocrine glands
Treatment or Therapy
- There is no specific cure or treatment
- Reflief for it includes: physical therapy, exercises, braces, corrective surgery
- Corticosteroid Medication may slow progress of disease
- Muscular Dystrophy can affect anyone and surely will make someone’s life difficult But it can not be controlled and we should do all we can to help those with muscular dystrophy.
- "muscular dystrophy." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online . Encyclopædia Britannica, 2011. Web. 07 Apr. 2011.