What is Myotonic Dystophy?
Myotonic Dystrophy (DM) is a muscle
weakening disorder which is inherited. It is abbreviated to DM
because the Latin name for this condition is 'Dystrophia
Myotonica'. In DM, a defective gene causes progressive muscle
weakness accompanied by delayed relaxation of muscles after
contraction which is called myotonia. It is a multi-systemic
disorder, this means that the effects are not limited to the
voluntary muscle system, but can also affect tissues and organs
throughout the body. Primarily the muscles of the face, neck,
hands, forearms and feet are affected, although DM can have a
wide range of different effects on different individuals.
For more information about Myotonic Dystrophy click here.
This resource is provided by the
Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation based in the USA. Some of the
information is not relevant to NZ MDA members but the condition
information is really good and well worth a look. Click
here. There is reference to a Health Passport in this
resource and this is available in NZ here or by
contacting the NZ
Updated Myotonic Dystrophy Anaesthesia Guidelines
These are available here.
2013 MDF Annual Conference - Exercise &
here for the conference presentation, which also includes an
information sheet and powerpoint presentation.
This diagram shows the location of the genetic error
which causes myotonic dystrophy,. One copy of the gene with an
error is enough to cause the condition. Type 1 is caused by an
error in the DMPK gene on chromosome 19 and Type 2 is caused by an
error in the CNBP gene on chromsome 3.
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Check out the support groups page to see what is
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Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation
Webinars available through the
Muscular Dystrophy Association USA
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THIS PAGE WAS REVIEWED 19 FEB 2016