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How to diagnose Muscular Dystrophy?
04-30-2011, 11:52 PM (This post was last modified: 04-30-2011 11:53 PM by jim.)
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How to diagnose Muscular Dystrophy?
After carefully evaluating a patient’s medical history, the doctor will perform a thorough physical exam to rule out other causes of the symptoms. If MD is suspected, there are tests that can be used to solidify a diagnosis. These tests might include:
  • Blood tests — When blood tests are performed to test for MD, the doctors are looking for an enzyme called creatine kinase (CK). This enzyme rises in the blood due to muscle damage or deterioration and might reveal some forms of MD before any physical symptoms appear.
  • Muscle biopsy — During a muscle biopsy, a small piece of muscle tissue is removed and examined under a microscope. If MD is present, changes in the structure of muscle cells and other characteristics of the different forms of MD can be detected. The sample can also be stained to detect the presence or absence of particular proteins.
  • Electromyogram (EMG) — An EMG is a test that measures the muscle’s response to stimulation of its nerve supply (nerve conduction study) and the electrical activity in the muscle (needle electrode examination). Both components of the EMG are very useful in diagnosing MD.
  • Genetic tests — Several of the muscular dystrophies can be positively diagnosed by testing for the mutated gene involved. These include Duchenne, Becker, distal, and some forms of limb-girdle and Emery-Dreifuss dystrophies.


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08-02-2011, 02:52 PM
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08-03-2011, 05:11 AM
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