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Muscular dystrophies are a group of genetic disorders that cause progressive muscle weakness. In muscular dystrophies, muscles break down over time, creating fatty deposits. Currently, there are more than 30 types of muscular dystrophies; the types vary from mild to severe and affect different muscles. Rate of progression of symptoms depends on the type of muscular dystrophy. Some types appear in childhood, while others do not cause symptoms until adulthood.
Treatment plans are based on:
Nonsurgical options can include:
Very rarely, surgery may be considered to help the child stand or sit. Surgery may be needed if the child has scoliosis.
Your child may be referred to the multidisciplinary Norton Children’s Neuroscience Institute Muscular Dystrophy Clinic.
Muscular dystrophy is a lifelong condition that affects many organ systems. Our team of specialists works to maximize each child’s functional potential in a multidisciplinary clinic setting.