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Is macular dystrophy cureable or is there any treatment for that ?

Hi sir I want to knw that my brother has a problem of Macular Dystrophy I want to know is it cureable or there is some treatment for that and where please help me . Thanks
Asked On : Sat, 29 Jan 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response

Thanks for posting the query.

I understand your concern for your brother.

Muscular dystrophy is hereditary muscle disorder that weakens the muscles which moves human body.

There is no cure for any form of muscular dystrophy but medications and therapy can slow the course of the disease.

Symptoms of muscular dystrophy often can be relieved through exercise, physical therapy, rehabilitative devices, respiratory care, and surgery.

Exercise and physical therapy can minimize abnormal or painful positioning of the joints and may prevent or delay curvature of the spine.

Muscular Dystrophy progression can be slowed with medication like steroids, phenytoin, etc.

Human trials of gene therapy are going on with the dystrophin gene.

If you have a family history of muscular dystrophy, you may have to consult a genetic counselor also.

For the further details you can mail us at You will be guided further.

Hope I have answered your query.

I will be available if you have any follow up queries.


Dr. Jyoti Patil.

Answered: Thu, 18 Aug 2011
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If he is having macular dystrophy then certainly his vision is toolow .there are number of macular dystrophy each has variable presentation and prognosis.ask him to consult at any good eye institute like sankar,LVPEI,ARAVIND EYE HOSPITAL depending on his macular dystrophy he can be given some low vision aids.chances of completely curing ot this is nil.supportivr treatment only
family member should be screened.
Answered: Sun, 28 Aug 2011
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Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist VIKRANT BHARDWAJ's  Response
hello,welcome to HCM,muscular dystrophy refers to a group of hereditary muscle diseases that weakens the muscles of the human body.There is no specific treatment for muscular dystrophy, although significant headway is being made with antisense oligonucleotides.more emphasis on preventive care is given by maintaining mobility.
Good physiotherapy and orthosis and sometimes corrective orthopedic surgery are required.
kindly explain more about your brother's present condition and symptoms.
Answered: Thu, 18 Aug 2011
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