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Do lots of people get muscular dystrophy, or is it unusual?
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In brief: Relatively common
The incidence of duchenne md is 1 in 3500 male births, with 1/3 of the cases caused by new mutations.
Another md, myotonic md has an incidence of about 13.5/100, 000 live births. Most of the other muscular dystrophies are much less common, are frequently genetically transmitted or regional clustered (oculopharyngeal md in french canadians) or are sex linked(emery-dreifuss).

In brief: Relatively common
The incidence of duchenne md is 1 in 3500 male births, with 1/3 of the cases caused by new mutations.
Another md, myotonic md has an incidence of about 13.5/100, 000 live births. Most of the other muscular dystrophies are much less common, are frequently genetically transmitted or regional clustered (oculopharyngeal md in french canadians) or are sex linked(emery-dreifuss).
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
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