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.
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).

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What causes muscular dystrophy?

Genetic disorder. There are different forms. Most common is duchenne that occurs in males but woman are carriers. Other forms are highly genetic such as fsh and myotonic dystrophy and the spectrum of sma. Genetic markers are available. Read more...
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...

Help please, what is muscular dystrophy?

Inborn muscle diseas. Nih website has lots of excellent information: http://www.Ninds.Nih.Gov/disorders/md/md.Htm "the muscular dystrophies (md) are a group of more than 30 genetic diseases characterized by progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal muscles that control movement. Some forms of md are seen in infancy or childhood, while others may not appear until middle age or later. ". Read more...

What causes muscular dystrophy when kids have it?

Genetics. Muscular dystrophies are caused by mutations in the genes responsible for making the components of muscle. Sometimes these mutations are sporadic, while in other cases there is a family history. A neurologist or geneticist can help you determine the specifics of your case and if genetic testing of the patient or their family members might be useful. Read more...
The same as adults. Anyone with a muscular dystrophy has some type of genetic defect that led to it. Some have an earlier onset and so appear in childhood, and others have a later onset and may not be obvious until later in life. Read more...

Can you give me suggestion: what is muscular dystrophy?

The muscular. dystrophies (MD) are a group of > 30 genetic diseases that cause progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal muscles that control movement. Onset of symptoms in some types of MD occurs in infancy/childhood; in other types, not till middle age or older. They also differ in the distribution & extent of muscle weakness, rate of progression & pattern of inheritance. See mda.org.for more. . Read more...

What causes muscular dystrophy to run in families?

It's in the genes! Many muscular dystrophies are caused by a defect in the genes. These defects are passed on to our children. Some are dominant meaning there is a 50/50 chance of passing it along, others are linked to gender or are recessive meaning you have to reproduce with someone with the same defect to have a child who is affected. Read more...

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

Genetics? Muscular atrophy (loss of bulk) can occur as a result of disuse or after inflammation , infection, endocrine disorder etc. When it has a genetic basis it is called muscular dystrophy. Read more...
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...
Muscular Dystrophy . is a group of genetic disorders inherited in different patterns & characterized by loss of muscle tissue, or atrophy, progressive muscle weakness & defects in muscle protein. Muscle atrophy, or loss of muscle tissue, is either from disuse or from any disorder of or trauma to areas of the central nervous system or the nerves that control muscles. Treatments of muscle atrophy depend on the cause. Read more...