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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

genetic disorder research and presentation..... by sophia

sophia elias

on 16 February 2011

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Transcript of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and then they start to walk like this it can happen like this discovered by guillaume duchenne this muscular disease has been known of since the 1860's! mothers are the carriers of this disorder... not the males. this disorder is a result of a defect in a single important protien... dystrophin main symptom: muscle weakness. the lower half of the body

is affected first this makes it a little easier to understand there is no reliable treatment for the muscle disease.

but it is possible to slow down the disease progress and preserve the muscle strength and joint function, enabling the patient to walk and sit (as you've seen).

forms of treatment involve light weight braces and splints, physiotherapy, pulmonary therapy (breathing support) and surgery.

doctors diagnose the disorder by looking for missing pieces of dystrophin in your muscles. symptoms:
awkward manner of walking
frequent falls
difficulty climbing up stairs
mental retardation (severe) By: Sophia Elias most people are diagnosed before the age of 6, and it sometimes can occur duirng infancy. Later on, the heart and respiratory muscles weaken. this protien is needed to keep the muscles intact. this disorder is sex-linked recessive and located on the x chromosome in males later.... the effects are worse. kids who suffer from this may have to learn to stand up this way sources:
duchenne muscular dystrophy was discovered by guillaume duchenne in the 1860's
dmd is a fatal disease, children lose muscle strength, and makes it hard for them to even stand up.
most kids with dmd dont live very long due to a weak heart kids with dmd have to use things to support them all the time, like crutches and braces.
can be treated. NOT cured.
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