A Hard Diagnosis

Ari Cale writes a post about a hard case from our hospital. From her blog.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common and the most rapidly progressive muscular dystrophy, with most patients losing the ability to walk by 12 years of age and requiring ventilatory support by 25 years of age (which is probably not a possibility in Peru). It’s rare for them to live beyond 30, even in the USA.
I wanted Eric and his grandmother to understand well what he had, prognosis, and treatment options so I asked Martina to talk to the family with me. I wasn’t sure if I knew all the right words in Spanish and I wasn’t sure of treatment options available in Peru for him.

The young patient with his grandmother after learning his diagnosis.

The young patient with his grandmother after learning his diagnosis.

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