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Muscular dystrophy refers to a group of diseases passed down from parent to child (hereditary), causing progressive muscle weakness.
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The symptoms of muscular dystrophy vary and depend on the type. Signs of the disorder may be seen early in a child’s life, or later on.
Common symptoms include:
With time, muscular dystrophy symptoms tend to steadily get worse.
The cause of muscular dystrophy is heredity. In this condition, a genetic mutation stops the growth of certain proteins that affect muscle performance, gradually causing the muscle to weaken. Gene mutations that cause muscular dystrophy can be passed down from generation to generation.
Dignity Health Southern California doctors diagnose muscular dystrophy with laboratory blood work, muscle biopsy, electromyography, and genetic analysis.
The goal of treatment for muscular dystrophy is to improve muscle function, movement, and overall symptoms. Dignity Health Southern California doctors work closely with parents-to-be, providing genetic counseling and information on family history and risk factors for having a child with muscular dystrophy.
With genetic counseling, your provider will review your family and medical history and go over the results of your genetic testing. This can help you make an informed decision about next steps.
Muscular dystrophy treatment may include:
Your Dignity Health doctor will explain your child’s condition, how it will affect him or her, and all possible treatment options.
Dignity Health baby and family doctors offer care to diagnose and manage muscular dystrophy in Southern California.