Myotonic Dystrophy - FAQs
It is possible to identify if a pregnancy is associated with risk in a family at risk of myotonic dystrophy, by using certain tests done during pregnancy. Chorionic villus sampling (CVS), in which a small amount of placental tissue is removed, can be used to extract the DNA for genetic analysis. Cells in the amniotic fluid, derived by amniocentesis can also be tested to identify any gene defect. More sophisticated prenatal diagnostic tests are now available that assist the couple to have an unaffected child. Interested parents can seek the help of genetic counselors in the decision making process.
2.Is myotonic muscular dystrophy contagious?
No, the disease is not contagious. It can however run in families. Individuals belonging to successive generations may be affected.
3.Is arthritis similar to myotonic muscular dystrophy?
No, arthritis and muscular dystrophy are two different diseases. However, some patients with muscular dystrophy can develop arthritis.