Muscular Dystrophy

The muscular dystrophies are a group of genetically determined, almost exclusively pediatric diseases. Generally, the earlier the age at which symptoms begin, the poorer is the prognosis. Because of a considerable overlap of manifestations and rates of progression and, until recently, the lack of any biochemical test, their classification is still unsettled. As a group, the principal differential diagnosis of the muscular dystrophies is from the muscular atrophies. In the former, the primary defect is in the voluntary muscle fibers; in the latter, it is in the innervation of muscles.

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