Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Genetics continued

I was just reading the printout that we got today from the geneticist and wanted to add a little information about myotonic dystrophy. Joshua has type 1 which is a multisystem disorder that affects all systems but he has mild which only says it affects the eyes and includes mild myotonia (sustained muscle contraction). Classic and congenital affect other systems of the body it appears that Joshua will not have to worry about that although they may do an occasional ECG. The best part is that it says life span is normal! Individuals with mild DM1 may have only cataract, mild myotonia or diabetes. They may have fully active lives and a normal or minimally shortened life span.

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