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Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy

Other Names for this Disease
  • LGMD- autosomal recessive
  • Limb girdle muscular dystrophy
  • Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy autosomal recessive
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How might limb-girdle muscular dystrophy be treated?

Unfortunately, no definitive treatments or effective medications for the limb-girdle muscular dystrophies (LGMDs) currently exist. Management depends on each individual and the specific type of LGMD that the individual has. However, a general approach to managing LGMD has been proposed, based on the typical progression and complications of affected individuals. This approach may include: weight control to avoid obesity; physical therapy and stretching exercises to promote mobility and prevent contractures (fixed tightening of the muscles); use of mechanical aids such as canes, walkers, orthotics, and wheelchairs as needed to help ambulation and mobility; monitoring and surgical intervention as needed for orthopedic complications such as foot deformity and scoliosis; monitoring respiratory function and use of respiratory aids when needed; monitoring for evidence of cardiomyopathy in the types of LGMD with known occurrence of cardiac involvement; and social and emotional support and stimulation to maximize a sense of social involvement and productivity, and to reduce the sense of social isolation common in these disorders.[1]
Last updated: 6/20/2011

  1. Erynn Gordon, Elena Pegoraro, Eric P Hoffman. Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Overview. GeneReviews. July 23, 2009; Accessed 6/17/2011.

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