What Is the Diagnosis and Treatment of Muscular Dystrophy?

What is the diagnosis and treatment of muscular dystrophy?

Your doctor may ask you questions about your family’s medical history and recommend some tests, including:

  • Electromyography.
  • Enzyme tests.
  • Genetic testing.
  • Heart-monitoring tests.
  • Lung-monitoring tests.
  • Muscle biopsy.

Your doctor will recommend a treatment based on the type of muscular dystrophy you have. Some of them are:

  • Medicines include Eteplirsen (Exondys 51), anti-seizure drugs, blood pressure medicines, drugs that turn down the body’s immune system, steroids and creatine.
  • Physical therapy uses different exercises and stretches to keep muscles strong and flexible.
  • Occupational therapy teaches you how to make the most of what your muscles can do.
  • Speech therapy will teach you easier ways to talk if your throat or face muscles are weak.
  • Respiratory therapy can help if you are having trouble breathing.
  • Surgery can help with different complications of muscular dystrophy, like heart problems or trouble swallowing.
* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.