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Can myotonic dystrophy be prevented?

Myotonic dystrophy cannot be prevented because it is an inherited disorder. However, genetic counselors can help couples make informed decisions about starting a family.
A couple may choose to undergo pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, in which a woman's egg is fertilized outside her uterus in a lab, and the embryo is tested for myotonic dystrophy. Only those embryos that do not have myotonic dystrophy are implanted back into the uterus.

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