Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy includes several progressive muscle diseases that cause progressive weakness and muscle wastage leading to loss of muscle mass. There are more than 30 types of such dystrophy. The most common type is Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In addition, Becker, myotonic, congenital, limb-girdle, facioscapulohumeral, distal, oculopharyngeal, Emery-Dreifuss are some other types. Improper balance, waddling gait, large calf muscles, muscle wastage, scoliosis, walking disability, etc., are the symptoms. These are rare muscle disorders and are due to genetic predisposition. These are due to the genetic mutation of the muscle-making protein. Although there is no cure, the symptoms can be slowed down with various therapies and medication.

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My 2 year old son has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Will he walk?

Query: Hello doctor,My youngest son is 2 and a half years old. Currently, he is crawling, and he is a delay in walking. I bought him for the child development clinic at the hospital. They have sent his blood sample to another country, and the result says that he has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Kindly advi...  Read Full »

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Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is a genetic disorder. I am sorry to say this, as this disease has a poor prognosis. You need to visit a medical genetic specialist. Physical therapy, braces, etc. are common management. Along with that if you want to go for alternative treatment, then try Ayurvedic...  Read Full »

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