Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy
What is Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy?
Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy (EDMD) is a condition that
mainly affects muscles used for movement (skeletal muscles) and
heart (cardiac) muscle. It is named after Alan Eglin H. Emery and
Fritz E. Dreifuss.
Among the earliest features of this disorder are joint
deformities called contractures, which restrict the movement of
certain joints. Contractures can become noticeable in early
childhood and most often involve the elbows, ankles, and neck. Most
affected individuals also experience slowly progressive muscle
weakness and wasting, beginning in muscles of the upper arms and
lower legs and progressing to muscles in the shoulders and hips.
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THIS PAGE WAS REVIEWED 19 FEB 2016