Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Muscular dystrophy, what is it and how to recognize this disease?

In 2022, the Emergency Services of the State Health Services, SES, treated a total of three patients with a diagnosis of muscular dystrophy, in addition, hospital care was provided to one patient. In 2023, only one case with this diagnosis was treated by the Emergency Services of the Units.

This condition is a group of genetic diseases that affect the muscles and cause muscle weakness that increases over time. These conditions are usually inherited and are characterized by gradual degeneration of the muscles.

Its diagnosis involves a clinical evaluation and specific tests. Common signs and symptoms include muscle weakness, difficulty moving, and problems performing everyday tasks. In addition, genetic testing can be done to identify the mutations responsible for the disease.

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Signs and symptoms, which usually appear in early childhood, may include frequent falls, difficulty getting up from lying or sitting, problems running and jumping, walking on tiptoes, large calf muscles, muscle pain and stiffness. , learning problems and developmental delays.

State health authorities say there is no definitive cure for muscular dystrophy, however, there are some therapies and management techniques that can help improve the quality of life of those who suffer from it. Treatment usually includes physical and occupational therapy, medications to control symptoms, and assistive devices such as wheelchairs. It is important that people suffering from this disease work closely with their doctors and specialists to design a personalized treatment plan.

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