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How much of the population is affected by muscular dystrophy?

How much of the population is affected by muscular dystrophy?

Unknown: The incidence is underestimated. Limb girdle dystrophy is actually under diagnosed, although still pretty rare. Always need muscle biopsy to rule out acquired polymyositis. ...Read more

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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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How many americans are affected by duchenne muscular dystrophy? Is this common?

How many americans are affected by duchenne muscular dystrophy? Is this common?

Approximately 14,000: Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a recessive x-linked form of muscular dystrophy, affecting around 1 in 3, 600 boys, which results in muscle degeneration. Approximately 14, 000 americans suffer from dmd. ...Read more

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Which chromosome is affected by duchenne muscular dystrophy (dmd)?

X chromosome: The gene for the abnormal protein is located on the x chromosome. Hence it is "x linked" . Mostly boys are affected. ...Read more

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How much time does a person lives with muscular dystrophy?

Depends on which one: there are a number of Muscle Diseases which classify as muscular dystrophy. Start Here http://mda.org/ there is a tab called learning about muscle diseases. Selct the tab and then pick the one that is closest to which you ask. ...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