Myotonic Dystrophy is a condition presenting with muscle weakness and wasting which may be progressive.
The severity of the condition can vary significantly.
In this condition the muscles contract but have difficulty relaxing, as a result the muscles can become weak and waste away.
Symptoms can be apparent in the muscles in;
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Myotonic Dystrophy is caused by a myotonic dystrophy gene, found on chromosome 19.
This condition has an unusual feature in that usually the symptoms become more severe with each generation.
This condition is transmitted to a child by the mother.
With most dystrophies such as Duchenne, the condition tends to affect hip and shoulder muscles.
In Myotonic Dystrophy these areas are not affected intially and the initial muscles to be affected are face, neck, hands, feet and forearms
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