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Iconic Symptoms Of Different Types Of Muscular Dystrophy

Inability To Relax Muscles At Will

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Myotonic dystrophy is one of the many subtypes of muscular dystrophy, and it is characterized most strongly by the inability to relax muscles at will. Other subtypes also include an inability to relax the muscles, but myotonic dystrophy is the only type with this as the hallmark symptom. Myotonic dystrophy affects both the muscles and varying organ systems throughout the body. Myotonic is an adjective form of myotonia, which is the medical term for an inability to relax the muscles. Like other forms of muscular dystrophy, myotonic dystrophy includes progressive shrinking and weakness of the muscles. There are two types of myotonic dystrophy: type 1, the most severe, and type 2, a less severe form. Both are caused by different genes. myotonic dystrophy is among the most common subtypes of adult-onset muscular dystrophy, and it is the most common among adults with European ancestry. It's rare for non-white populations to have occurrences of myotonic dystrophy. The myotonia presents in a variety of ways. One example is a patient might have trouble releasing another's hand after they shake it.

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