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Myotonic Dystrophy is an inherited form of muscular dystrophy that affects the muscles and other body systems. People affected by Myotonic Dystrophy have weakness in muscles and wasting of muscles in limbs. Symptoms are:
• Progressive weakness and wasting of muscles
• Stiffness and tightness of muscles
• Inability to release grip
• Clouding of the eye lens
• Irregularities in the electrical control of heartbeat
• Balding and infertility in men
HOW IS MYOTONIC DYSTROPHY DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Myotonic Dystrophy is done through a physical examination and consideration of your family history. Frontal balding in men and distinctive facial features are also signs of Myotonic Dystrophy. Clinical tests like electromyography and a genetic test by taking a blood sample confirm diagnosis of Myotonic Dystrophy
HOW IS MYOTONIC DYSTROPHY TREATED?
There is currently no treatment for Myotonic Dystrophy, only symptomatic relief may be provided. Ankle support and leg braces help in providing support for people having excessive muscle wastage. Eye problems related to Myotonic Dystrophy are treated according to the severity.
DID YOU KNOW?
70% of fatalities in relation to Myotonic Dystrophy occur due to DM1.