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Revista Cubana de Pediatría

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PONTEVEDRA BURGOS, Raquel  e  CARRERA, Iria Da Cuña. Pharmacologic and genetic treatment in the Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies. Rev Cubana Pediatr [online]. 2018, vol.90, n.4 ISSN 1561-3119.


Muscular dystrophies are one of the most common degenerative pathologies within neuromuscular diseases. They present muscular weakness that develops until loss of wandering and in the second decade of life can appear cardiac, respiratory and orthopaedic complications.


To know the current state of genetic and pharmacology treatments in the Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies.


A search was made from January to March 2018 at Medline, Cinhal, Web Of Science and Scopus databases. 232 results were obtained, and applying the inclusion and exclusion criteria, 15 acceptable articles for reviewing were found.


Analyzed articles mostly investigate the effect of the mentioned therapies in the levels of functionality and dystrophin protein synthesis during long periods, in which samples of different sizes and ages are used.


There are more articles focused on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy than Becker Muscular Dystrophy. That can be due to the fact that the first is the most severe and with the worst prognosis. It is still necessary to carry out more scientific studies to move forward from the current stage of these treatments.

Palavras-chave : genetic therapy; drug therapy; Duchenne muscular dystrophy; Becker muscular dystrophy.

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