Muscular dystrophy

Common Name(s)

Muscular dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy (MD) refers to a group of more than 30 genetic diseases characterized by progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal muscles that control movement. Some forms of MD are seen in infancy or childhood, while others may not appear until middle age or later. The disorders differ in terms of the distribution and extent of muscle weakness (some forms of MD also affect cardiac muscle), age of onset, rate of progression, and pattern of inheritance. The prognosis for people with MD varies according to the type and progression of the disorder. There is no specific treatment to stop or reverse any form of MD. Treatment is supportive and may include physical therapy, respiratory therapy, speech therapy, orthopedic appliances used for support, corrective orthopedic surgery, and medications including corticosteroids, anticonvulsants (seizure medications), immunosuppressants, and antibiotics. Some individuals may need assisted ventilation to treat respiratory muscle weakness or a pacemaker for cardiac (heart) abnormalities.
 

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Muscular Dystrophy Association

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

Last Updated: 15 Jul 2015

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Neuromuscular Disease Association of China

There are over 40 different types of Muscular Dystrophy and related Neuromuscular conditions.These conditions are characterised by loss of muscular strength,as progressive muscle wasting or nerve

Last Updated: 21 May 2010

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werathah

To provide support and health education to patients and their families with genetic and congenital disorders

Last Updated: 1 May 2013

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Following organizations serve the condition "Muscular dystrophy" for support, advocacy or research.

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Muscular Dystrophy Association

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

http://www.mdausa.org

Last Updated: 15 Jul 2015

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Neuromuscular Disease Association of China

There are over 40 different types of Muscular Dystrophy and related Neuromuscular conditions.These conditions are characterised by loss of muscular strength,as progressive muscle wasting or nerve

http://www.mdachina.org

Last Updated: 21 May 2010

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werathah

To provide support and health education to patients and their families with genetic and congenital disorders

http://www.werathah.com

Last Updated: 1 May 2013

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Muscular dystrophy" returned 1750 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Two Korean Families with Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Type 1D Associated with DNAJB6 Mutations.
 

Author(s): Kitae Kim, Hyung Jun Park, Jung Hwan Lee, Jiman Hong, Suk Won Ahn, Young Chul Choi

Journal: Yonsei Med. J.. 2018 Jul;59(5):698-701.

 

Limb-girdle muscular dystrophies (LGMD) are heterogeneous disorders with autosomal inheritance. Autosomal dominant LGMD mapped to 7q36.3 has been classified as LGMD type 1D (LGMD1D) in the Human Gene Nomenclature Committee Database. LGMD1D is characterized predominantly by limb-girdle ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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FAT1 Gene Alteration in Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy Type 1.
 

Author(s): Hyung Jun Park, Wookjae Lee, Se Hoon Kim, Jung Hwan Lee, Ha Young Shin, Seung Min Kim, Kee Duk Park, Ji Hyun Lee, Young Chul Choi

Journal: Yonsei Med. J.. 2018 Mar;59(2):337-340.

 

Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy type 1 (FSHD1) is caused by contraction of the D4Z4 repeat array. Recent studies revealed that the FAT1 expression is associated with disease activity of FSHD, and the FAT1 alterations result in myopathy with a FSHD-like phenotype. We describe ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Implicit learning deficit in children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy: Evidence for a cerebellar cognitive impairment?
 

Author(s): Stefano Vicari, Giorgia Piccini, Eugenio Mercuri, Roberta Battini, Daniela Chieffo, Sara Bulgheroni, Chiara Pecini, Simona Lucibello, Sara Lenzi, Federica Moriconi, Marika Pane, Adele D'Amico, Guja Astrea, Giovanni Baranello, Daria Riva, Giovanni Cioni, Paolo Alfieri

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This study aimed at comparing implicit sequence learning in individuals affected by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy without intellectual disability and age-matched typically developing children. A modified version of the Serial Reaction Time task was administered to 32 Duchenne children ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Muscular dystrophy" returned 173 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2B misdiagnosed as polymyositis at the early stage: Case report and literature review.
 

Author(s): Chuan Xu, Jiajun Chen, Yingyu Zhang, Jia Li

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 May;97(21):e10539.

 

Dysferlin myopathy is an autosomal recessive hereditary muscular dystrophy due to deficiency of dysferlin caused by alteration of the DYSF gene; Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2B (LGMD2B) is the most common in Its clinical phenotypes. However, LGMD2B is rarely seen in clinical ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Development of Exon Skipping Therapies for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: A Critical Review and a Perspective on the Outstanding Issues.
 

Author(s): Annemieke Aartsma-Rus, Volker Straub, Robert Hemmings, Manuel Haas, Gabriele Schlosser-Weber, Violeta Stoyanova-Beninska, Eugenio Mercuri, Francesco Muntoni, Bruno Sepodes, Elizabeth Vroom, Pavel Balabanov

Journal: Nucleic Acid Ther. 2017 Oct;27(5):251-259.

 

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a rare, severe, progressive muscle-wasting disease leading to disability and premature death. Patients lack the muscle membrane-stabilizing protein dystrophin. Antisense oligonucleotide (AON)-mediated exon skipping is a therapeutic approach that ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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WHOLE-BODY VIBRATION EXERCISE IS WELL TOLERATED IN PATIENTS WITH DUCHENNE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW.
 

Author(s): Eloá Moreira-Marconi, Danubia C Sá-Caputo, Carla F Dionello, Eliane O Guedes-Aguiar, Cintia R Sousa-Gonçalves, Danielle S Morel, Laisa L Paineiras-Domingos, Patricia L Souza, Cristiane R Kütter, Rebeca G Costa-Cavalcanti, Glenda Costa, Patricia C Paiva, Claudia Figueiredo, Samuel Brandão-Sobrinho-Neto, Christina Stark, Marianne Unger, Mario Bernardo-Filho

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Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is caused by a defective gene located on the X-chromosome, responsible for the production of the dystrophin protein. Complications in the musculoskeletal system have been previously described in DMD patients. Whole body vibration exercise (WBVE) is ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Stem Cell Therapy in Muscular Dystrophy
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Muscular Dystrophy

 

Last Updated: 28 Mar 2018

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An Open-label Extension Study To Evaluate Safety Of PF-06252616 In Boys With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

 

Last Updated: 30 May 2018

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Gene Transfer Clinical Trial to Deliver rAAVrh74.MCK.GALGT2 for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

 

Last Updated: 1 May 2018

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