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Accurate diagnosis is critical when treating GI symptoms in people with myotonic dystrophy.

Careful assessment of the digestive tract is essential to relieve symptoms and to avoid secondary effects and complications. Gastrointestinal symptoms often develop gradually so that patients adopt compensatory mechanisms and consequently avoid necessary examinations.

Congenital DM1


  • Accumulation of amniotic fluid in the mother caused by reduced ingestion of amniotic fluid by the fetus (polyhydramnios)


Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms that result from dysfunction of alimentary tract skeletal or smooth muscles are common. They can be a disabling and potentially serious feature of myotonic dystrophy (DM). Common GI symptoms include:

...What emergency interventions should be followed? Does chewing food a lot help food go down easily? Does drinking lots of liquids with a meal help? Any particular type of liquid?

...Are these related to the following: a) digestion, b) type of food eaten, c) muscles not working properly? How can these problems be treated?


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