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Muscular Dystrophy

This is a group of inherited disorders that involve muscle weakness and loss of muscle tissue, which get worse over time. This may occur at any age but the most severe forms usually occur in early childhood.There are multiple types of muscular dystrophy.

Symptoms of the various types may include: mental retardation; muscle weakness that slowly gets worse; Delayed development of muscle motor skills; Difficulty using one or more muscle groups; drooling; eyelid drooping; frequent falls; loss of strength in a muscle or group of muscles as a adult; loss in muscle size; problem walking.

Although physical therapy may help patients maintain muscle strength, there is no known cures for the various muscular dystrophies. The goal of treatment is to control symptoms. All types of muscular dystrophy slowly get worse, but how fast this happens varies widely. Some types of muscular dystrophy, such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy, are deadly. Other types cause little disability and people with them have a normal lifespan.

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