Steroids provide relief to Duchenne muscular dystrophy patientsBoys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (MD) can expect to walk for long and without any assistance when treated with a daily administration of steroids, as per study supported by the General Clinical Research Center at the Ohio State University and the National Center of Research Resources of NIH.

Wendy King, a physical therapist in the neurology department at Ohio State University, was of the view that scoliosis and curvature degree risks are reduced to significant extents with daily administration of corticosteroids, which improve function and strength in boys with X-linked recessive ailment.

It was also remarked that patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy must be given calcium supplements along with regular care in the form of bone density examinations at intervals of 1/2 month to 2 years because of orthopedic implications of steroids use.