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What is muscular dystrophy?

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Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Dr. Andrew Dutka
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Dr. Keith Baldwin
Orthopedic Surgery - Pediatric

In brief: Abnormal protein

Muscular dystrophy is caused by an abnormal protein which results in muscle atrophy, scarring, and weakness.
Clinical manifestations are variable depending on genetic status of the specific disease, and which abnromality is present (ie. Duchennes or becker's or other).

In brief: Abnormal protein

Muscular dystrophy is caused by an abnormal protein which results in muscle atrophy, scarring, and weakness.
Clinical manifestations are variable depending on genetic status of the specific disease, and which abnromality is present (ie. Duchennes or becker's or other).
Dr. Keith Baldwin
Dr. Keith Baldwin
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