Adult and adolescent onset muscular dystrophies (MDs) are a group of disorders that cause muscle disease (myopathy) characterized by progressive muscle weakness (myasthenia) and muscle degeneration (atrophy) due to mutations in one or more genes required for normal muscle function 21. These mutations impact the function of proteins responsible for giving the muscle structural support . Muscular Dystrophy in Adults. Muscular dystrophies are a group of inherited diseases that damage and weaken your muscles with time. This issue and weakness is because of the absence of a protein called dystrophin, which is needed for typical muscle function. The absence of this protein can cause problems with walking, swallowing, and muscle coordination.
Myotonic muscular dystrophy is the most common form of muscular dystrophy that affects adults and is characterized by myotonia, a symptom involving prolonged muscle stiffening or spasms that worsen in cold temperatures, explains WebMD. Other symptoms include daytime sleepiness, cataracts and heart problems, notes the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy affects the muscles of the face, shoulders, and upper arms. It can affect anyone from teenagers to adults in their 40s. Distal muscular dystrophy affects the muscles of the arms, legs, hands, and feet. It usually comes on later in life, between ages 40 and 60.Author: Stephanie Watson.
The Muscular Dystrophy Center at Johns Hopkins has a dedicated time reserved to work with adults with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and the specific needs of this growing patient population. Most patients in this clinic have been diagnosed with DMD as children. Each adult Duchenne patient is. Muscular dystrophy is a group of inherited diseases that damage and weaken your muscles over time. This damage and weakness is due to the lack of a protein called dystrophin, which is necessary for normal muscle function. The absence of this protein can cause problems with walking, swallowing, and muscle coordination.Author: Janelle Martel.
The freedom to walk, to talk, to run and play. To laugh, to hug, to eat — even breathe. Each day these freedoms are taken away from kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that weaken muscle strength and limit mobility.