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for what reason might duchenne muscular dystrophy appear in some body regions but not others?

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Dr. Robert Kent
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 12 years experience
Certain muscles are: More prone to md starting in those areas, but as it is progressive, will most likely eventually start causing problems in more and more muscle groups. The progression can be different for all and use, muscle health and types of md can affect which groups show up first and how progressive it is.

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A 19-year-old female asked:

What body systems to the becker, ducheene and oculopharyngeal affect? (muscular dystrophies)

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Various systems: The most serious issues with the muscular dystrophies involves the heart and breathing. The heart muscle and conduction system can be defective with serious consequence. Breathing system may be affected with risk aspiration and pneumonia. Some have mild learning problems. Many have orthopedic issues due to muscle imbalance and contractures and scoliosis. Vision and hearing may be affected.
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How does duchenne muscular dystrophy affect the body?

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 31 years experience
See below: It is caused by an alteration (mutation) in a gene, called the dmd gene that can be inherited in families in an x-linked recessive fashion, but it often occurs in people from families without a known family history of the condition. Individuals who have dmd have progressive loss of muscle function and weakness, which begins in the lower limbs.
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Where does duchenne muscular dystrophy strike most in the body?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Mutations in the : dystrophin gene, Xp21.2-p21.1, causes weakness in large, then small, skeletal muscles. Weakness of heart muscle, smooth muscle of GI tract & urinary tracts, Speech Sound Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Specific Learning Disability & behavior problems occur in some boys. Carrier girls may have cardiomyopathy. Specific mutations determine manifestations in boys & carrier girls. See mda.org.

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