Myotonic Dystrophy (DM)

Medical Management

As yet, there’s no specific treatment that “gets at the root” of type 1 or type 2 myotonic dystrophy (DM1 or DM2). Treatment is aimed at managing symptoms and minimizing disability.

This section first addresses medical management of the many symptoms of adult-onset DM1/DM2 and juvenile-onset DM1. Not everyone will require all these aspects of medical management, and some symptoms may first appear or worsen as a person grows older.

Also, medical management of congenital-onset DM1 during early childhood is different enough to require its own section.

Click on the individual subtype to find more information on specific strategies for medical management:

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