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What is the difference between muscular dystrophy and muscular atrophy?

What is the difference between muscular dystrophy and muscular atrophy?

Muscle atrophy: Muscle atrophy is shrinkage of the muscle itself dues to disuse or disease, where as muscular dystrophy is a disease (inherited) that cause muscle to be sick and atrophy. ...Read more

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Atrophy (Definition)

Atrophy usually refers to the skin-as you get older or if you have had alot of sun in the past-the dermis (that is the layer below the top layer which is called the epidermis) gets thinner and the skin looks more wrinked. Muscles and fat can also get thinner -this is another form of atrophy. Even the top layer gets thinner ...Read more


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What is muscular dystrophy? And what's the difference between muscular dystrophy and muscular atrophy? And what can be done to strengthen the muscle

What is muscular dystrophy? And what's the difference between muscular dystrophy and muscular atrophy? And what can be done to strengthen the muscle

Dystrophy vs atrophy: This is a VERY large and complicated subject. It can't possibly be answered properly in 400 characters. For lots more information, go to http://mda.org. ...Read more

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

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

Diagnostics: Muscle biopsy or EMG will be able to differentiate. Presenting symptoms may lead one to be suspected more than the other as well. ...Read more

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Are there ways to reverse muscular atrophy if you have muscular dystrophy?

Usually not: There are some experimental compounds that may prevent or delay atrophy in muscular dystrophy but nothing that uasually brings back muscles that have atrophied already. One should discuss preventative measures as well as possible treatmenst with a neuromuscular neurologist. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference between duchennes muscular dystrophy and myotonic muscular dystrophy?

Good question.: The long answer reqires that you go to the internet so you can look at the typical facial features of myotonic dystrophy. The two conditions are not similar in presentaion. You should go with the long answer. ...Read more

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What is the difference between spinal & progressive muscular atrophy?

What is the difference between spinal & progressive muscular atrophy?

Muscle vs motor neur: Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a disease of the muscles wherein the muscles degenerate and are replaced by fibrous and fatty tissue. Spinal muscular atrophy may look similar, but it is not an dystrophy. It is a disease of motor neurons. It is an inherited recessive disease. ...Read more

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Difference between myalgia and muscular dystrophy?

Muscular Dystrophy: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (dmd) is a genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. It is one of nine types of muscular dystrophy. Dmd is caused by an absence of dystrophin, a protein that helps keep muscle cells intact. Symptom onset is in early childhood, usually between ages 3 and 5. Myalgia is a term to indicate muscle pain. ...Read more

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What are the differences between duchennes muscular dystrophy and myotonic muscular dystrophy?

What are the differences between duchennes muscular dystrophy and myotonic muscular dystrophy?

Both are inherited: neuromuscular disorders. DMD is caused by mutatation(s) on Chr. X. Onset of rapidly progressive muscle atrophy starts early in boys. Female carriers can have heart muscle disease. MD 1 is caused by mutant genes on Chr. 19; MD 2 by mutant genes on Chr. 3, Each child of a parent affected by either has a 50% chance of inheriting it, often with earlier & more severe symptoms than the parent's. ...Read more

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What is the difference in MS and muscular dystrophy?

What is the difference in MS and muscular dystrophy?

Striking differences: Muscular dystrophy usually starts in childhood or adolescence, less commonly later in life. It is a hereditary progressive condition, causing problems with weakness in skeletal muscles, and occasionally cardiac muscles, with abnormal muscle enzymes. MS is an inflammatory autoimmune condition, affecting brain, spinal cord, and eyes, with relapses and remissions. MRI lesions can confirm. ...Read more

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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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Muscle Atrophy (Definition)

Muscle atrophy is also known as Muscle wasting. Muscle atrophy is the wasting or ...Read more


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