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How can one differentiate between duchenne muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy?

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Dr. Keith Baldwin
14 years experience in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
Diagnostics: Muscle biopsy or EMG will be able to differentiate. Presenting symptoms may lead one to be suspected more than the other as well.
Answered on Jan 14, 2015
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