The muscular dystrophies are a group of genetic and hereditary muscle diseases; characterized by progressive skeletal muscle weakness, defects in muscle proteins, and the death of muscle cells and tissue. In some forms of muscular dystrophy, cardiac and smooth muscles are affected. The muscular dystrophies are the most common hereditary diseases.

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... Duchenne muscular dystrophy is an inherited disorder that involves rapidly-worsening muscle weakness. ...
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Muscular Dystrophy Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... Signs and symptoms vary according to the type of muscular dystrophy. In general, they may include: Muscle weakness Apparent lack of coordination Progressive crippling, resulting in fixation of the mus...
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Causes
... Muscular dystrophy is a general term for a group of inherited diseases involving a defective gene. Each form of muscular dystrophy is caused by a genetic mutation that''s particular to that type of th...
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Muscular Dystrophy Treatment

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Treatment
... There''s currently no cure for any form of muscular dystrophy. Research into gene therapy may eventually provide treatment to stop the progression of some types of muscular dystrophy. Current treatmen...
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Muscular Dystrophy Support

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Coping skills
... For family members of people with muscular dystrophy, coping with the illness involves a major commitment of physical, emotional and financial effort. The disease presents challenges in the classroom...
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Muscular Dystrophy Other

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Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy
... Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy is a very rare form of muscular dystrophy (MD). It can be X-linked recessive, autosomal-dominant, or autosomal-recessive. The onset of Emery-Dreifuss MD is usually du...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Distal Muscular Dystrophy
... Distal muscular dystrophy is the rarest type of muscular dystrophy (MD). This form of MD is actually a group of autosomal-dominant inherited diseases that have in common their weakening effects on the...
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Muscular Dystrophy Articles

  • Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome
    ... Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) is a disorder of the neuromuscular junction-the site where nerve cells meet muscle cells and help activate the muscles. It is caused by a disruption of electri...
  • Genes and Disease: Duchenne muscular dystrophy
    ... Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is one of a group of muscular dystrophies characterized by the enlargement of muscles. DMD is one of the most prevalent types of muscular dystrophy and is characteriz...
  • Genes and Disease: Myotonic dystrophy
    ... Myotonic dystrophy is an inherited disorder in which the muscles contract but have decreasing power to relax. With this condition, the muscles also become weak and waste away. Myotonic dystrophy can c...
  • Muscular Dystrophy Information Page
    ... The muscular dystrophies (MD) are a group of genetic diseases characterized by progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal muscles which control movement. There are many forms of muscular dy...
  • Muscular dystrophy, Duchenne and Becker types
    ... Muscular dystrophy is a group of genetic conditions characterized by progressive muscle weakness and wasting. The Duchenne and Becker types of muscular dystrophy primarily affect the skeletal muscles,...
  • Myotonic dystrophy
    ... Myotonic dystrophy is an inherited disorder of the muscles and other body systems. It is the most common form of muscular dystrophy in adults. Genetic changes are related to the following types of myo...

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