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Can congenital myotonic dystrophy be prevented?

Because congenital myotonic dystrophy is a genetic disorder, it cannot be prevented. If you have a family history of congenital myotonic dystrophy, genetic screening may be helpful for an early diagnosis and early treatment. These genetic tests can be performed on adults, children, and even fetuses in the womb. However, DNA testing can be very expensive and may not be available in all cases, so diagnosis may have to wait till symptoms develop in very early childhood. Once congenital myotonic dystrophy is diagnosed, treatment may help reduce symptoms of the disease.

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