Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a group of muscle diseases that results in increasing weakening and breakdown of skeletal muscles over time.

 

The disorders differ in which muscles are primarily affected, the degree of weakness, how fast they worsen, and when symptoms begin and many people eventually become unable to walk. Some types are also associated with problems in other organs.

 

There are nine main categories of muscular dystrophy that contain more than thirty specific types, the most common type is Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) which typically affects males beginning around the age of four.

 

There is no cure for muscular dystrophy. Physical therapy, braces, and corrective surgery may help with some symptoms, and assisted ventilation may be required in those with weakness of breathing muscles.

 

Medications used include steroids to slow muscle degeneration, anticonvulsants to control seizures and some muscle activity, and immunosuppressants to delay damage to dying muscle cells. Outcomes depend on the specific type of disorder.

 

MDA provides support to the 1 in every 625 Australian men, women and children affected by Muscular Dystrophy, through the provision of respite, education and training, information services, support groups and funding medical research.

 

You can donate to Muscular Dystrophy Australia via the Capricorn Expedition MyCause donations page.

 

This is a secure page and all donations are tax deductible.

 

Your donation is recorded as directly sourced from your support of Capricorn Expedition 2017/19.

 

Visit here to read more about Muscular Dystrophy.

 

 

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