- What is myotonic muscular dystrophy and what causes it?
- What are the symptoms of MMD?
- How is it diagnosed?
- What is the prognosis?
- What is the risk for other family members or future babies?
- What treatments/theapies/medications are recommended or available?
- My son has been found to have myotonic dystrophy, and he is having a lot of learning problems at school. Could this be related, and should I tell the school?
- What is the difference between myotonic muscular dystrophy and muscular dystrophy?
- When my child has a surgery, is anesthesia a risk?
- Why does my child take so many naps and have to rest after just a few minutes at the playground?
- My son is 10 years old and still drooling. Why is this and is there anything we can do to stop it?
- Who gets myotonic muscular dystrophy (MMD)?
- heart arrhthymias
- learning problems
- frontal balding
Myotonic muscular dystrophy is an inherited condition. This condition follows a 'dominant' inheritance pattern, which means that on average half of the children of an affected person are themselves affected. Both men and women are equally likely to be affected and to pass on the disorder, but affected women are more likely to have a severely affected child. If the disease is inherited through the mom, the disorder tends to be more severe in successive generations.
- breathing problems
- high arched palate
- difficulty eating
- muscle contractures
- distinctive facial features due to facial muscle weakenss
- myotonia which is present in older children and adults is not present in infants, although often it is possible to find myotonia in the infants mother
- muscle weakness, especially face, neck, hands, giving the face a distinctive appearance
- muscle contractures, especially heel cords
- frontal balding
- heart arrhthymias
My son has been found to have myotonic dystrophy, and he is having a lot of learning problems at school. Could this be related, and should I tell the school?
Myotonic Dystrophy Support Group (MDSG)
This support organization offers information about myotonic dystrophy, events, research, and more.
Myotonic Dystrophy (Genetics Home Reference)
Guide for patients/families in understanding MMD and other genetic conditions; sponsored by the National Library of Medicine.
Facts about Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MDA)
Excellent overview of myotonic muscular dystrophy written for the family/patient; Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation
A nonprofit foundation that provides adaptive equipment and emotional support to individuals and families affected by any one of 40 neuromuscular diseases.
Muscular Dystrophy Association
A nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related diseases by funding worldwide research.
Genetics in Primary Care Institute (AAP)
The goal of this site is to increase collaboration in the care of children with known or suspected genetic disorders. Includes health supervision and management guidelines, and other useful resources; a collaboration among the Health Resources & Services Administration, the Maternal & Child Health Bureau, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation Family Registry
Connects patients to researchers and allows patients to compare their symptoms with those of other patients.
National Registry of Myotonic Dystrophy Patients (University of Rochester)
Accelerates research in myotonic dystrophy and FSH dystrophy by connecting patients with researchers, collecting longitudinal data to track disease progression, and disseminating information to families, researchers, and care providers.
|Author:||Lynne M Kerr, MD, PhD - 3/2012|
|Compiled and edited by:||URLEND Trainees, 2011-2012 - 3/2012|
|Content Last Updated:||10/2015|