What are the CDC guidelines for digestion and nutritional care of patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD)?

Updated: Aug 17, 2020
  • Author: Twee T Do, MD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey D Thomson, MD  more...
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Digestion and nutritional care

The guidelines recommend access to a dietitian or nutritionist, a swallowing/speech and language therapist, and a gastroenterologist, for the following reasons:

  • To guide the patient to maintain good nutritional status to prevent both undernutrition/malnutrition and overweight/obesity
  • To provide a well-balanced, nutrient-complete diet (adding tube feeding, if necessary)
  • To monitor and treat dysphagia and prevent aspiration and weight loss
  • To assess and treat delayed speech and language problems
  • To treat the common problems of constipation and gastroesophageal reflux with both medication and nonmedication therapies

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