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Muscular Dystrophy

 

Muscular dystrophy is a group of genetic diseases causing progressive weakness and degeneration of the muscles in the human body.

Causes

  • Heredity

Symptoms

  • Muscle weakness
  • Lack of muscle coordination
  • Lack of balance
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Calf pain
  • Curved spine
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Respiratory problems

Treatment
There is no cure for muscular dystrophy. The quality of life can be improved by:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Orthopedic instruments like wheelchairs
  • Drugs like corticosteroids to slow progression of disease
  • Pacemaker for heart abnormalities
  • Assisted ventilation for respiratory problems
  • Surgery on the spine to improve movement

Prevention
There is no way to prevent this condition.