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What causes muscular dystrophy to run in families?

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Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
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