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Projecto da responsabilidade da apie - Associação Portuguesa de Investigação Educacional - Educação Especial e Deficiência.

África do Sul

Muscular Dystrophy is the name given to a group of more than 70 neuromuscular disorders, resulting in progressive wasting and weakness of the muscle.

Who does it affect?

Men, women and children of all ages and races can be affected by Muscular Dystrophy. In South Africa the overall incidence of these disorders is approximately one in 1200.

What causes Muscular Dystrophy?

These disorders are usually inherited. The defective gene, responsible for the weakening of the muscles can be passed on from one generation to the next. It can, however, also occur in families where there is no prior history of the condition.

What are the symptoms?

Progressive muscle weakness and fatigue are the more common symptoms. This, in turn, results in limited physical activities. In the more severe cases there is a shortened life expectancy. Symptoms may appear at birth, in early childhood, or develop later in life.

What treatment is available?

There is no cure...yet. Physiotherapy is very important. Exercise programmes and orthopaedic devices can alleviate some of the discomfort experienced. In some cases medication and surgery may help.

Muscular Dystrophies:

Motor Neuron Disease:

Inflammatory Myopathies:

Disease of the Neuromuscular Junction:

Myopathies due to Endocrine:

Disease of Peripheral Nerve:

Other Myopathies:

Metabolic Disease of the Muscle:

Com a colaboração: Muscular Dystrophy Foundation of South Africa - South Africa

Web: http://www.mdsa.org.za/index.htm