Magnet Project - Introduction to the disease Muscular Dystrophy is a genetic disorder that gradually weakens the body\u2019s muscles.It is an X-linked

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Introduction to the disease Muscular Dystrophy is a genetic disorder that gradually weakens the body’s muscles.It is an X-linked recessive disease that is inherited from the mother. It is caused by a mutation of thein the protein called dystrophin, which is typically found in muscle cells. Duchenne muscular dystrophy was first noted by a French neurologist named Guillaume Benjamin. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is one of nine types of Muscular Dystrophy. This disease occurs in about 1 in 3,300 boys or 3 in 10,000 since 1999. Boys with DMD do not usually survive long past their teen years; while female carriers are at a higher risk if developing cardiomyopathy, an acquired or hereditary disease of heart muscle. This condition makes it hard for the heart to deliver blood to the body, and can lead to heart failure. Pulmonologist Pulmonologist are one of the many professionals involved in their treatment of patients with DMD. They focus on the diagnosis and treatments for the Pulmonary system. Their responsibilities revolve around the detection and prevention of pulmonary diseases through treatment on a weekly or biweekly appointments. For instance, X- rays are often used for pulmonary angiograms, sinus X-rays, and chest fluoroscopy. These are used in order to improve the patients well being, and improve their overall quality of life.
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Some of the diagnostic measures include: Enzyme tests Electromyography Genetic testing CK levels testing Muscle biopsy Some of the treatments also include: Braces, standing frames and wheelchairs Medications Physical therapy Breathing Assistance Surgeries Lung-monitoring tests Preventative measures include: Muscular dystrophy cannot be prevented, but genetic testing is available.
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Statistics about the disease This disease occurs in about 1 in 3,300 boys or 3 in 10,000 since 1999.
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