November 2014 – New Guidelines Published for Limb-girdle and Distal Muscular Dystrophy

NCBDDD’s Division of Human Development and Disability (DHDD) announces publication of the first evidence-based guidelines for limb-girdle and distal muscular dystrophy.  The new guidelines, developed by the American Academy of Neurology and the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine, make recommendations for treating and managing complications such as muscle symptoms, heart problems, and breathing problems. Muscular dystrophy has no cure, but acting early may help an individual get the services they need to reach their full potential.

Funded in part by a grant from DHDD, the guidelines also recommend doctors evaluate symptoms, family history, physical exams, and results from lab tests to determine what genetic tests may best diagnose a person’s subtype of limb-girdle or distal muscular dystrophy.   The guidelines were published in the October 14, 2014 print issue of Neurology. [Link to PubMed abstract http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=evidence-based+guideline+limb+girdle]

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