Myotonic Dystrophy Symptoms

Myotonic Dystrophy

Myotonic Dystrophy Symptoms: People with Myotonic Dystrophy  may exhibit more or more of the following symptoms which many vary in how severe they are.  Some people will have many of the symptoms others much fewer. There is a generally relationship between the number of repeats of the CTG on Chromosome 19  and the severity of the disease. There are two symtomology paths with DM. One is the standard or adult onset path. The other is the Juvenile or congenital path. See the Congenital and Juvenile sections for this information for the standard Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1

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Polyhydraminos (Excess amniotic fluid during pregnancy)
This symptom is present during pregnancy. Usually amniotic fluid is swallowed by the baby and expelled through the umbilical cord. This does not occur and fluid builds up in the mother and can trigger premature birth. Careful monitoring by a doctor is necessary.


The bowel and gastrointestinal tract are affected by the disease. This causes constipation and excessive time on the toilet.

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