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Can you tell me how muscular dystrophy affects someone's growth and development?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: Muscular Dystrophies

are a group of > 30 inherited diseases that cause progressive weakness & deterioration of skeletal muscles that control movement.
Some present in childhood; others not till middle age. Some boys with Duchenne MD have mild Intellectual Disability. Involvement of muscles of the heart & GI tract & those used for breathing contribute to morbidity. See http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/md/md.htm

In brief: Muscular Dystrophies

are a group of > 30 inherited diseases that cause progressive weakness & deterioration of skeletal muscles that control movement.
Some present in childhood; others not till middle age. Some boys with Duchenne MD have mild Intellectual Disability. Involvement of muscles of the heart & GI tract & those used for breathing contribute to morbidity. See http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/md/md.htm
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