myotonic dystrophy

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myotonic dystrophy

[¦mī·ə¦tän·ik ′dis·trə·fē]
(medicine)
A hereditary disease, transmitted as an autosomal dominant, characterized by lack of normal relaxation of muscles after contraction, slowly progressive muscular weakness and atrophy, especially of the face and neck, cataract formation, early baldness, gonadal atrophy, abnormal glucose tolerance curve, and, frequently, mental deficiency.
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Congenital myotonic dystrophy is characterized by the wasting away of muscles, formation of cataracts, premature baldness and, frequently, mental deficiency.
Her death certificate said she died of a cardiac arrest, pneumonia, marasmus - progressive emaciation caused by lack of food - and congenital myotonic dystrophy.
After reading the portions of the death certificate listing cardiac arrest, pneumonia, maramus (progressive emaciation caused by lack of food) and congenital myotonic dystrophy, Cady said that it was not the disease but Lindsay's parents who were responsible for her death.
The Lake Los Angeles couple have pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, child abuse and conspiracy in the February 1996 death of their daughter, who was born with congenital myotonic dystrophy.
The 44-year-old woman - who suffers from a milder form of the same disease - congenital myotonic dystrophy - that afflicted her daughter, Lindsay, fell as she was walking out of the courtroom, and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

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