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Old 05-08-2007, 10:38 PM   #1
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What's the difference between muscular dystrophy and muscular atrophy?

 
Old 05-09-2007, 01:38 PM   #2
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Re: Difference

Hey man70,

I think I can answer this one. Atrophy is weakness due to inactivity. People that are bedridden or in a cast will suffer muscle atrophy due to the inactivity. A healthy muscle needs a "use it or loss it" regiment. Astronauts experience atrophy after long periods in micro-gravity. Atrophy can usually be easily fixed with several weeks of therapy and exercise (if the person is healthy).

Muscular Dystrophy is a disease that makes the muscles shrink and waste away. I have a muscular dystrophy. It's not a rapid type but my muscles will not generate new cells. Therefore I cannot exercise hard. I would tear down muscle that won't rebuild and just make myself weaker. There is no cure at the moment. Muscular dystrophy is genetic. It's inherited from a parent.

There is also a condition called myositis which is an inflammation of the muscles. This is classified under the muscular dystrophies but some types of myositis are treatable.

Hope this answered your question.

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while we're on the subject whats the difference between muscular dystrophy and congenital myopathy

 
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Hi Broxy,

I believe I can answer this one too.

Muscular Dystrophy is a general term covering ANY muscle disease.
A myopathy is a muscle wasting disease.
A Myositis is a muscle inflammation disease.

Therefore....myopathy and myositis are BOTH muscular dystrophies.

Congenital means "apparent at birth".

So...Congenital Myopathy is a muscle wasting disease visible in a new-born baby.

Make sense?

Mark

ps - don't mean to sound cold about it...just giving you the facts.

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Yeah thanks i understand, you are so full of facts lol

 
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