Muscular Dystrophy

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Muscular dystrophy refers to a group of disorders that lead to progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass caused by gene mutations that interfere with protein production. There are many types of muscular dystrophy including Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT) and Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Symptoms often begin in childhood, although some do not until adulthood, and include a decline in the ability to walk, swallow and breathe. While there is no cure, medications and therapy can help manage symptoms and slow the disease course.

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