SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 2, 2019): The Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation (MDF) is pleased to announce the publication of the first-ever Consensus-based Care Recommendations for Congenital and Childhood-onset Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 and Myotonic Dystrophy Type 2.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Ohio State University have operated a 5-day myology training course for the last seven years. The course includes common lectures in the mornings and separate clinical and laboratory tracks in the afternoons.
Dr. Melissa Dixon at the University of Utah Department of Pediatrics is conducting a study to learn more about how congenital myotonic dystrophy (CDM) and childhood-onset myotonic dystrophy affect thinking, memory, attention, brain function, and how these processes change over time.
Speech disorders (dysarthria) in CDM and childhood-onset DM1 have long been recognized and surveillance by speech and language therapists is an important aspect of patient care. Facial weakness and myotonia, and involvement of oral cavity, palatopharyngeal and respiratory muscles, are known to contribute to speech impairment.
After a new review of the literature, the question of comorbidity of childhood DM1 and autism spectrum remains an open one.