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What treatments can improve symptoms of muscular dystrophy?

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There are many treatments that can improve symptoms and make life easier for your child.

Your doctor will recommend a treatment based on the type of muscular dystrophy your child has. Some of them are:

Medicines can help ease symptoms, such as:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy.
  • Speech therapy
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Eteplirsen (Exondys 51)
  • Anti-seizure drugs
  • Blood pressure medicines
  • ImmunosuppressantsSteroids
  • Creatine
  • Surgery

From: Muscular Dystrophy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Facts About Muscular Dystrophy," "Treatment and Care."

FDA News Release. "FDA grants accelerated approval to first drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Muscular Dystrophy Information Page."

News release, Children's National Medical Center.

NHS: "Causes of muscular dystrophy."

NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: "What are the types of muscular dystrophy?" "How is muscular dystrophy diagnosed?" "What are the treatments for muscular dystrophy?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 25, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Facts About Muscular Dystrophy," "Treatment and Care."

FDA News Release. "FDA grants accelerated approval to first drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Muscular Dystrophy Information Page."

News release, Children's National Medical Center.

NHS: "Causes of muscular dystrophy."

NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: "What are the types of muscular dystrophy?" "How is muscular dystrophy diagnosed?" "What are the treatments for muscular dystrophy?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 25, 2018

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