Myotonic Dystrophy - Outlook And Screening
Screening for Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy
Affected parents can undergo prenatal diagnostic techniques (tests done during pregnancy to detect presence of genetic abnormalities in the child before it is born). More specifically, amniocentesis, a technique in which fetal cells is obtained for analysis from the amniotic fluid present in the sac around the fetus can detect the condition.
Prognosis of Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy
The prognosis of Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy is used to refer to the outcome of the disease. There is a significant variation in the course of the disease that makes it difficult to predict the prognosis. The disability tends to become severe when symptoms appear at an early stage. Some affected individuals may require assistance of a wheel chair, later in life. Educational programs tailored to meet specific demands of the affected individual may be needed. Physical and occupational therapy instituted at an early age can ensure a better quality of life of the patient.