About Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular Dystrophy is an umbrella term used to refer to a group of muscular disorders characterised by muscle weakness, wasting and contractures, which are usually progressive in nature and sometimes even life threatening. These disorders result from inherited gene abnormalities.

While most of these disorders manifest in childhood, some may have an adult onset. The severity of the symptoms, the age at which the symptoms appear, how fast the individual deteriorates, and the pattern of inheritance the disorder follows, vary from one form of Muscular Dystrophy to another.

Over time, persons with Muscular Dystrophy may lose the ability to walk, and ultimately breathe. For some individuals, the disorder is life-threatening. At present, there is no known cure for Muscular Dystrophy.


Types of Muscular Dystrophy

There are many types of Muscular Dystrophy and these vary in terms of their pattern of inheritance, genetic mutation, incidence, symptoms, age of onset, rate of progression and prognosis.

The list below is not exhaustive and only includes the more common types of the disorder. If you have a muscular disorder that is not in the list and would like to join the association, please contact us for further enquires.

MUSCULAR DYSTROPHIES

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Becker Muscular Dystrophy
Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy
Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy
Myotonic Dystrophy
Congenital Muscular Dystrophy

DISEASES OF PERIPHERAL NERVE

Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease
Dejerine-Sottas Disease
Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneropathy (CIDP)
Giant Axonal Neuropathy (GAN)

 

MOTOR NEURON DISEASES

Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Spinal Bulbar Muscular Atrophy

DISEASES OF THE NEUROMUSCULAR JUNCTION

Congenital Myasthenic Syndromes

METABOLIC DISEASES OF MUSCLE

Glycogen Storage Diseases
Lipid Storage Diseases
Mitochondrial Myopathies

OTHER MYOPATHIES

Myotonic Myopathies
Congenital Myopathies
Periodic Paralysis


Clap Your Hands

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Many people know the lively lyrics to 'Clap Your Hands' by heart and would eagerly clap at the correct pauses, supposedly to indicate that they are indeed happy. But what happens if you sing the tune rapturously and pause only to receive an awkward piece of silence?

This cleverly produced audio presses home the message that while people with Muscular Dystrophy may be too weak to clap their hands, they equally deserve happiness and can be happy too.