5 Cornerstones of Becker’s Muscular Dystrophy


(Last Updated On: May 10, 2017)

4. Investigations:

I. Serum Creatine Kinase (CK) Levels:

Serum CK levels are raised several folds and are a good indicator of disease activity.

II. Electromyography:

Electromyography reveals typical myopathgic changes.

III. Muscle Biopsy:

Histopathology of a muscle tissue sample taken from significantly affected but not completely atrophied muscle reveals typical myopathic changes.

IV: Genetic Studies:

Molecular genetic studies provide definitive diagnosis.

5. Treatment:

I. Corticosteroids:

Corticosteroids have been known to arrest the disease progression and prolong the patient’s mobility period.

II. Supportive Treatment:

Supportive treatment includes prevention of development of complications such as contractures and respiratory & cardiac failure. It also involves provision of supportive equipment and assistive devices such as braces to prevent contractures, orthosis for scoliosis and wheel chair for mobility.

III. Gene Therapy:

Gene therapy seems to be a promising treatment for these patients in the future.

 

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5 Cornerstones of Becker’s Muscular Dystrophy