Patient-reported study of the impact of pediatric-onset myotonic dystrophy.
Muscle & Nerve
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The prevalence and impact of symptoms affecting individuals with pediatric forms of myotonic dystrophy type-1 (DM1) are not well understood.
Patients from the United States, Canada, and Sweden completed a survey that investigated 20 themes associated with pediatric-onset DM1. Participants reported the prevalence and importance of each theme affecting their lives. Surveys from participants were matched with surveys from their caregivers for additional analysis.
The most prevalent symptomatic themes included problems with hands or fingers (79%) and gastrointestinal issues (75%). Problems with urinary/bowel control and gastrointestinal issues were reported to have the greatest impact on patients' lives. Responses from participants and their caregivers had varying levels of agreement among symptomatic themes.
Many symptoms have meaningful impact on disease burden. The highest levels of agreement between caregivers and individuals with pediatric forms of myotonic dystrophy were found for physical activity themes.