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Can muscular dystrophy be traced to a specific defect?

Can muscular dystrophy be traced to a specific defect?

Muscular dystrophies: are a group of inherited neuromuscular disorders. Of the 9 major types & > 100 related disorders, each is caused by a specific mutant gene or genes. Some are inherited in an X-linked recessive pattern from a carrier mother; others are autosomal dominant, meaning each child of an affected parent has a 50% chance of inheriting it. Please specify the type to learn the specific genetic defect. ...Read more

Dr. Kathryn Mosher
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Muscular Dystrophy (Definition)

Muscular dystrophy refers to a group of muscle disorders characterized by progressive weakness of the muscles and ...Read more


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What is muscular dystrophy?

Muscle disease: Muscular dystrophy is a worsening disorder that causes muscle weakness. The worst kind is duchenne's dystrophy, that affects only boys, leads to severe weakness, and wheelchair needs, breathing difficulties in the teens. Milder forms can present later or not cause as much disability. These are genetic (runs in families) disorders. ...Read more

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What causes muscular dystrophy?

Faulty protein: The most common form of muscular dystrophy is caused by an abnormal protein. It causes muscle tissues not to form correctly resulting in replacement of muscle tissue with scar tissue and fatty infiltrate. ...Read more

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How common is muscular dystrophy?

How common is muscular dystrophy?

The muscular: dystrophies (MD) are a group of > 30 genetic diseases that cause progressive weakness and degeneration of muscles. Age of onset, distribution & extent of skeletal muscle weakness, rate of progression, cardiac & smooth muscle involvement & pattern of inheritance differ. Duchenne MD affects 1:3500- 1:6000 male births/year in the US. See http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/md/detail_md & mda.org. ...Read more

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How serious is muscular dystrophy?

It is different: It is different from one person to the other and what type of muscular dystrophy the person has. Some patients have a mild form of the disease and some of the muscular dystrophies can be associated with heart involvement and breathing difficulties, so it could be serious. ...Read more

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What is progressive muscular dystrophy?

Muscle: It is a progressive disorder affecting the muscle causing weakness. ...Read more

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Help please, what is muscular dystrophy?

Inborn muscle diseas: Nih website has lots of excellent information: http://www.Ninds.Nih.Gov/disorders/md/md.Htm "the muscular dystrophies (md) are a group of more than 30 genetic diseases characterized by progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal muscles that control movement. Some forms of md are seen in infancy or childhood, while others may not appear until middle age or later. ". ...Read more

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Are muscular dystrophy diseases inherited?

Yes, virtually all: Heredity varies from autosomal dominant to recessive and a few sex linked, but these are indeed genetically mediated muscle disorders. ...Read more

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