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Weakness

There are currently no medications available that address myotonic dystrophy weakness. Symptomatic treatments include:

Neuromuscular assessment

Childhood/Adolescence

  • Normal or slightly delayed early motor development
  • Facial and neck muscle problems, typically without the facial appearance that is associated with the congenital form

Prenatal

  • Lower than normal fetal movement
  • Buildup of fluid (edema) in fetus organs and tissues (hydrops fetalis)
  • Increased amniotic fluid in mother (polyhydramnios). Breech position, placental abruption, and umbilical cord prolapse may result.

Classic Form

  • Commonly starts in the teens, twenties, or thirties with myotonia of the hand grip
  • Symptoms progress to weakness of gripping or pinching with the fingers, or moving the ankles

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