Myotonic dystrophy (Myotonia atrophica or Steinert’s disease )
chronic, slowly progressive neuromuscular disease
- genetic autosomal dominant disorder
- severe form of muscular dystrophy
- symptom severity increases and onset age decrease with increased mutuated copies (the number of repeats) of the gene carried by the individual
- weakness and muscular wasting that affects the face and feet and hands and neck
- typically difficulty with the hands progresses inferiorly affecting arms and shoulders and legs and hips.
Onset and progression:
- highly variable multisystemic disorder.
- slow progression
Management and treatment
the disease is progressive
management and treatment of symptoms and complications as they arise.