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    Distal Myopathy

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    It is possible that the main title of the report Distal Myopathy is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.

    Synonyms

    Disorder Subdivisions

    • Distal Myopathy with Rimmed Vacuoles (DMRV)
    • Distal Myopathy with Vocal Cord and Pharyngeal Signs
    • Distal Myopathy 3 (MPD3)
    • Inclusion Body Myopathy Type 2 (IBM2)
    • Laing Distal Myopathy
    • Laing Early-Onset Distal Myopathy
    • Miyoshi Myopathy
    • Nonaka Myopathy
    • Tibial Distal Myopathy
    • Udd Distal Myopathy
    • Welander Distal Myopathy

    General Discussion

    Distal myopathy (or distal muscular dystrophy) is a general term for a group of rare progressive genetic disorders characterized by wasting (atrophy) and weakness of the voluntary distal muscles. The distal muscles are those farther from the center of the body and include the muscles of the lower arms and legs and the hands and feet. Conversely, the proximal muscles are the muscles closest to the center of the body such as the muscles of the shoulder, pelvis, and upper arms and legs. Although age of onset can occur anytime from infancy to adulthood, most forms develop later in life and are slowly progressive. Inheritance is autosomal dominant or recessive.

    The distal myopathies belong to a larger group of disorders known as the muscular dystrophies. The muscular dystrophies are characterized by weakness and degeneration of various voluntary muscles of the body. Approximately 30 different disorders make up the muscular dystrophies. The disorders affect different muscles and have different ages of onset, severity and inheritance patterns.

    Resources

    March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
    1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
    White Plains, NY 10605
    Tel: (914)997-4488
    Fax: (914)997-4763
    Tel: (888)663-4637
    Email: Askus@marchofdimes.com
    Internet: http://www.marchofdimes.com

    Muscular Dystrophy Association
    3300 East Sunrise Drive
    Tucson, AZ 85718-3208
    USA
    Tel: (520)529-2000
    Fax: (520)529-5300
    Tel: (800)572-1717
    Email: mda@mdausa.org
    Internet: http://www.mda.org/

    Muscular Dystrophy Canada
    2345 Yonge Street Suite 900
    Toronto
    Ontario, M4P 2E5
    Canada
    Tel: 4164880030
    Fax: 4164887523
    Tel: 866MUSCLE8
    Email: info@muscle.ca
    Internet: http://www.muscle.ca

    Muscular Dystrophy Campaign
    61 Southwark Street
    London, SE1 0HL
    United Kingdom
    Tel: 02078034800
    Email: info@muscular-dystrophy.org
    Internet: http://www.muscular-dystrophy.org

    NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    P.O. Box 5801
    Bethesda, MD 20824
    Tel: (301)496-5751
    Fax: (301)402-2186
    Tel: (800)352-9424
    TDD: (301)468-5981
    Internet: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/

    Muscular Dystrophy Association of New Zealand, Inc.
    PO Box 16-238
    Sandringham
    Auckland,
    New Zealand
    Tel: 098150247
    Fax: 092777540
    Tel: 0800800337
    Email: info@mda.org.nz
    Internet: http://www.mda.org.nz/

    Muscular Dystrophy Australia
    111 Boundary Road
    North Melbourne
    VIC 3051
    Australia
    Tel: 61393209555
    Fax: 61393209595
    Tel: 1800656632
    Email: info@mda.org.au
    Internet: http://www.mda.org.au

    European Alliance of Neuromuscular Disorders Associations
    MDG Malta 4
    Gzira Road
    Gzira, GAR 04
    Malta
    Tel: 0035621346688
    Fax: 0035621318024
    Email: eamda@hotmail.com
    Internet: http://www.eamda.net

    Muscular Dystrophy Ireland
    75 Lucan Road
    Chapelized
    Dublin 20
    Ireland
    Tel: 016236414
    Fax: 016208663
    Email: info@mdi.ie
    Internet: http://www.mdi.ie/

    Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
    PO Box 8126
    Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
    Tel: (301)251-4925
    Fax: (301)251-4911
    Tel: (888)205-2311
    TDD: (888)205-3223
    Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

    Jain Foundation Inc.
    2310 130th Avenue NE
    Suite B101
    Bellevue, WA 98005
    Tel: (425)882-1492
    Fax: (240)282-0510
    Email: plavimittal@jain-foundation.org
    Internet: http://www.jain-foundation.org

    Child Neurology Foundation
    201 Chicago Ave, #200
    Minneapolis, MN 55415
    USA
    Tel: (952)641-6100
    Fax: (952)881-6276
    Tel: (877)263-5430
    Email: jstone@childneurologyfoundation.org
    Internet: http://www.childneurologyfoundation.org

    For a Complete Report:

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

    The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

    It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report

    This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

    For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site www.rarediseases.org or email orphan@rarediseases.org

    Last Updated: 4/6/2007
    Copyright 2007 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

    WebMD Medical Reference from the National Organization for Rare Disorders

    Last Updated: May 28, 2015
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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