What is the approach to treatment of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD)?

Updated: Aug 15, 2019
  • Author: Monica Saini, MD, MBBS, MRCP(UK); Chief Editor: Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, MHA, CPE  more...
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Answer

Although causative gene mutations have been well characterized for LGMD, no specific treatment is available for any of the LGMD syndromes yet.  

Supportive care is essential to preserve muscle function, maximize functional ability, and prolong life expectancy.

Use of passive stretching, bracing, and orthopedic procedures allow the patient to remain independent for as long as possible.

Orthopedic surgery may be needed to help correct or prevent contractures and scoliosis.

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.


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