Aging with muscular dystrophy: pathophysiology and clinical management.

TitleAging with muscular dystrophy: pathophysiology and clinical management.
Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsCarter GT, Weiss MD, Chamberlain JR, Han JJ, Abresch RT, Miró J, Jensen MP
JournalPhysical medicine and rehabilitation clinics of North America
Date Published2010 May
Activities of Daily Living, Adaptation, Physiological, Adolescent, Adult, Aging, Child, Child, Preschool, Combined Modality Therapy, Disability Evaluation, Disabled Persons, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Muscular Dystrophies, Prognosis, Quality of Life, Risk Assessment, Severity of Illness Index, Sickness Impact Profile, Survival Analysis, Treatment Outcome, Young Adult

Major advances in the fields of medical science and physiology, molecular genetics, biomedical engineering, and computer science have provided individuals with muscular dystrophy (MD) with more functional equipment, allowing better strategies for improvement of quality of life. These advances have also allowed a significant number of these patients to live much longer. As progress continues to change management, it also changes patients' expectations. A comprehensive medical and rehabilitative approach to management of aging MD patients can often fulfill expectations and help them enjoy an enhanced quality of life.

PubMed ID20494287