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Muscular dystrophy refers to more than one disease.

Muscular dystrophy is not just a disease, but a collection of diseases that cause gradual weakness and loss of muscular mass. Abnormal genes or gene mutations interfere with the production of proteins needed to form healthy muscles.

There are unique types of muscular dystrophy and most of the symptoms start in early childhood. Muscular dystrophy generally affects boys, but girls are not immune.

There is no cure for the disease, only therapy and medications can help caretakers manage the symptoms and slow the disease. But it takes a great deal of patience and care.

Symptoms begin with progressive muscle weakness. There are specific signs, but they started at different ages and in different muscle groups.