A group of degenerative disorders of muscle resulting in atrophy and weakness.
Any of a group of hereditary diseases characterized by progressive degeneration of the muscles.
An inherited muscle disorder of unknown cause in which there is slow but progressive degeneration of muscle fibers. Different forms are classified according to the age at which the symptoms appear, the rate at which the disease progresses, and the way in which it is inherited.
Muscular Dystrophy (MD): "refers to a group of genetic diseases characterized by progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal or voluntary muscles which control movement. The muscles of the heart and some other involuntary muscles are also affected in some forms of MD, and a few forms involve other organs as well. The major forms of MD include myotonic, Duchenne, Becker, limb-girdle, facioscapulohumeral, congenital, oculopharyngeal, distal and Emery-Dreifuss. Duchenne is the most common form of MD affecting children, and myotonic MD is the most common form affecting adults. MD can affect people of all ages. Although some forms first become apparent in infancy or childhood, others may not appear until middle age or later." Learn more at http://www.ninds.nih.gov/health_and_medical/disorders/md.htm Click "BACK" on your browser to return to the previous page.
Gradual deterioration of the muscles of the body, leading to increasing difficulty walking and moving.
a group of degenerative muscle diseases characterized by gradual weakening and deterioration of skeletal muscles, and sometimes the heart and respiratory muscles. Further info.
(mus·cu·lar dys·tro·phy) NOUN: According to the Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy (MD) is the common name for several progressive hereditary diseases that cause muscles to weaken and degenerate. It is not contagious, and there are many kinds of MD. Each type has its own hereditary pattern, age of onset and rate of muscle loss.
a rare genetic disorder in which muscles degenerate gradually and strength is lost
A hereditary disease involving progressive destruction of the skeletal and cardiac muscles.
There are many types of MD. Those types most apt to be found in college students are adult progressive spinal muscular dystrophy (Aran-Duchenne Disease) and myotonic dystrophy. In Aran-Duchene disease the muscles of the hands and fine movements of the fingers are impaired. There may be involuntary twitching of the hand and arm muscles. The legs may be weak and stiff. In myotonic dystrophy there is stiffness in the limbs, it may be difficult to relax the grip, there is a tendency to trip and fall forward, and facial muscles are weakened, resulting in a mask-like appearance. The voice may have a nasal quality. Both types are progressive.
An X-linked lethal neuromuscular disorder.
A group of genetic degenerative myopathies characterized by weakness and atrophy of muscle without involvement of the nervous system.
any of several hereditary diseases of the muscular system characterized by weakness and wasting of skeletal muscles
a hereditary disease characterized by progressive degeneration of muscle
a disease that causes the muscles to gradually weaken and waste away.
A group of diseases of muscle causing weakness (often progressive) and slow or deteriorating motor development.
A group of hereditary diseases that cause progressive muscle wastage due to defects in the biochemistry of a muscle tissue. The most common type is Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which is due to a defective gene on the X chromosome. Because the condition is sex-linked, it usually only affect males. It is usually lethal by the early 20's.
A primary motor impairment characterized by progressive muscle weakness. The most common form, Duchenne dystrophy is a hereditary disease that affects 1 in every 3,500 males. The disease manifests itself generally during the ages of 2-6 years. Heart or respiratory failure usually results in death during adolescence or young adulthood.
A progressive neuromuscular disease marked by degeneration of muscle cells. Results in increasing muscle weakness and loss of independent movement.
a group of progressive muscle disorders caused by a defect in one or more genes that control muscle function and characterized by gradual irreversible wasting of skeletal muscle
the name given to a group of diseases that are, for the most part, genetically determined and cause gradual wasting of muscle with accompanying weakness and deformity.
A congenital (hereditary) disorder of the muscles resulting in weakness and dysfunction of the muscles.
a general term for a number of hereditary, progressive degenerative disorders affecting skeletal muscles, and often other organ systems; types of muscular dystrophy include Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and myotonic dystrophy
A group of disorders that causes muscles to be weak and causes loss of muscle tissue.
A group of inherited diseases characterized by progressive weakness and degeneration of muscle fibers without nervous system involvement.
congenital (hereditary) disorder resulting in muscular weakness and dysfunction
a muscle-destroying disease, characterized by degeneration of individual muscle fibres and cells
a group of diseases that result in progressive weakness and loss of muscle tissue.
is a group of rare inherited muscle diseases in which muscle fibers are unusually susceptible to damage. Muscles, primarily your voluntary muscles, become progressively weaker. In the late stages of muscular dystrophy, fat and connective tissue often replace muscle fibers. In some types of muscular dystrophy, heart muscles, other involuntary muscles and other organs are affected. There are many forms of muscular dystrophy, some noticeable at birth (congenital muscular dystrophy), others in adolescence (Becker MD), but the 3 most common types are Duchenne, facioscapulohumeral, and myotonic. The various types of the disease affect more than 50,000 Americans. There's no cure, but medications and therapy can slow the course of the disease.
This hereditary condition is progressive and affects muscular control. It often results in atrophied muscles and causes mobility impairments, coordination problems and spasticity. Many individuals with MD use a wheelchair.
Muscular dystrophy refers to any one of a group of muscle diseases in which there is a recognizable pattern of inheritance. They are marked by weakness and wasting of selected muscles. The affected muscle fibers degenerate and are replaced by fatty tissue. The dystrophies are classified according to the patient's age at onset, distribution of the weakness, progression of the disease, and mode of inheritance. The most common form is Duchenne dystrophy, which is inherited as a sex-linked recessive gene and is nearly always restricted to boys. It usually begins before the age of four, with weakness and wasting of the muscles of the pelvis and back.
refers to a group of genetic myopathies in which a muscle protein is absent, deficient or abnormal. Muscular dystrophies are myopathies in which a genetic defect results in structural damage to the muscle. Other myopothies involve damage to the muscle¹s contraction apparatus or energy production system. The three main types are pseudohypertrophic (Duchenne, Becker), limb-girdle, and facioscapulohumeral.
muscle involvement characterised by progressive volume loss and weakening of certain groups of muscles.
A group of genetic degenerative myopathies characterized by weakness and muscle atrophy without nervous system involvement. The three main types are pseudohypertrophic (Duchenne, Becker), limb-girdle, and facioscapulohumeral.
The Condition"...Its name underscores an unusual symptom found only in this form of dystrophy - myotonia - which is similar to a spasm or stiffening of muscles after use..."
is a broad term that describes a genetic (inherited) disorder of the muscles. MD causes the muscles in the body to become very weak. The muscles break down and are replaced with fatty deposits over time. The most common form of MD is called Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).
A group of long-lasting disabilities involving weakening of the muscles that control movement. The age when affected, the muscles involved and the rate of deterioration vary from person to person, depending on the type of dystrophy.
The Condition"...The disease causes muscle weakness and affects the central nervous system, heart, gastrointestinal tract, eyes (causing cataracts) and endocrine (hormone-producing) glands..."
The Condition"...Symptoms People with muscular dystrophy might have some of the following symptoms, which arise from the atrophy that takes place ... Joint contracture - shortening of muscles around a joint - are common..."
Muscular dystrophy is a term that describes a genetic group of more than 30 genetic and hereditary muscle diseases; It is characterized by progressive skeletal muscle weakness, defects in muscle proteins, and the death of muscle cells and tissue. In some forms of muscular dystrophy, cardiac and smooth muscles are affected. Muscular dystrophy is the most well known of hereditary diseases.