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DM As A Family Disease

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. If the person does share the positive diagnosis of myotonic dystrophy, the family must then decided whether or not to be tested. Because the mutation can be present with few or no symptoms, family members who are affected may not be aware that they have myotonic dystrophy.

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