New Delhi: A former BJP councilor from Madhya Pradesh died by suicide along with his family days after posting on social media about his son’s rare genetic condition.

Both the sons of Sanjeev Mishra, former BJP corporator were suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, caused by a defective protein in the muscles.

Mishra had tweeted about the son’s condition and according to locals was upset over the illness. His message on Twitter read: “God should not give even his enemy’s children incurable Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) disorder,” the police said.

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Police said his acquaintances, on reading the post, rushed to his house where they found Mishra, his wife, and two sons aged 13 and 7 unresponsive.

All four were rushed to the district hospital where they died during treatment, they said.

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Duchenne muscular dystrophy or DMD, according to experts, is an inherited disorder, which involves prolonged muscle weakness which gets worse with time.

Doctors say it is a form of muscular dystrophy and is caused by a defective gene for dystrophin – a muscle protein. However, it often occurs in people without a known family history of the condition.

The condition mostly affects boys due to the way the disease is inherited. Scientists say the sons of women who are carriers of the disease each have a 50 per cent chance of having it. While the daughters each also have a 50 per cent chance of being carriers, very rarely a female can be affected.

DMD is caused by genetic changes and variations in the genes, where the disease is inherited in an x-linked recessive pattern and may occur in people who do not have it in their family history.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy occurs in about 1 out of every 3,600 male infants. Because this is an inherited disorder, risks include a family history of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Signs and symptoms

A few signs and symptoms of the disease include:

  • Progressive weakness and loss of both skeletal and heart muscles
  • Delayed ability to sit, stand, or walk
  • Difficulties learning to speak
  • Muscle weakness
  • Abnormal cognition with deficits in thinking, reasoning, or remembering
  • Respiratory impairment, breathlessness

Diagnosis of DMD is based on the symptoms, clinical exam, and the result of a biopsy to remove a small piece of muscle for examination under a microscope. The result of genetic testing may also help confirm the diagnosis.

Doctors say Becker muscular dystrophy, a milder form of muscular dystrophy, is also caused by genetic changes in the DMD gene.

When are the symptoms first noticed?

According to experts, the most common age for symptoms of this disease to begin is called the age of onset. This can vary for different diseases and may be used by a doctor to determine the diagnosis.

For some diseases, symptoms may begin in a single age range or several age ranges.

Most patients become wheelchair dependent around 10–12 years of age and need assisted ventilation at around 20 years of age.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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