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Muscular dystrophy

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Introduction
The muscular dystrophies (MD) are a group of inherited genetic conditions that gradually cause the muscles to weaken. This leads to an increasing level of disability.
Types of muscular dystrophy
There are many different types of muscular dystrophy (MD). All these types cause muscle weakness, but the areas affected and the severity of symptoms are different.
Causes of muscular dystrophy
In most cases, muscular dystrophy (MD) is an inherited condition (it runs in families). It is caused by a faulty gene.
Diagnosing muscular dystrophy
Many different methods can be used to diagnose the various types of muscular dystrophy (MD).
Treating muscular dystrophy
Although there is no cure for muscular dystrophy, the condition can be eased by several types of treatment. Read about the treatments available and how they can help.
Genetic testing for muscular dystrophy
Genetic testing may be useful for prospective parents who have a family history of MD and are worried about passing the condition on.