Myotonic Dystrophy is one of the many types of muscular dystrophies. Wasting and weakness of the muscles are noticeable symptoms of this disorder. The patient is also plagued by Myotonia, or contractions of the muscles that go on for a long time. Myotonic Dystrophy also prevents the patient from being able to relax some muscles after use. Speech may become slurred, and jaws may be locked at times. Fifteen to twenty years after the first symptoms start to show, the person is likely to become disabled. As there are several neuromuscular diseases, diagnosing this disorder is occasionally difficult.
HOW IS MYOTONIC DYSTROPHY DIAGNOSED?
Around the world, around 1 in 8000 people are affected by this disorder.