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Because of the inherited nature of DM, a diagnosis in one individual has implications for other family members. Questions arise about whether or not the affected person should tell family members who show no symptoms.

Making an initial diagnosis starts with a complete family history and physical examination. A person will also undergo a battery of medical tests, depending on the symptoms he or she is having. If myotonic dystrophy is a likely diagnosis based upon clinical assessment (eg.

Myotonic dystrophy is one of the most complex disorders known. In addition to the incredible variability of clinical symptoms the disease also has unique mechanistic features:

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