Information for people with Muscular Dystrophies
Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a group of muscle diseases that
weaken the musculoskeletal system and affect a persons ability to
walk. These are genetic conditions and can be inherited or an
individual may be the first one in their family affected.
Muscular dystrophies are characterized by progressive skeletal
muscle weakness, defects in muscle proteins, and the death of
muscle cells and tissue. There are several defined types of MD
which are diagnosed based on the specific presentation of muscle
weakness, these can now generally be confirmed by gene tests for
the specific genetic fault where an error in a gene is waht is
causing the pattern of weakness.
The diagram below highlights some of the key muscle groups
affected in different types of MD. For more information on each
type please select from the menu on the lefthand side.
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This page was reviewed 19 Feb 2016