Understanding muscular dystrophy
Muscular dystrophy consists of a genetic disorder that includes a variety of different types, but is summed up as a disease by which the body weakens over time, as the muscles progressively lose mass. The types of muscle dystrophy include: Duchenne, Becker, Emery-Dreifuss, limb-girdle, facioscapulohumeral, myotonic, and congenital muscular dystrophy. The most common among these types, however, is Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
This specific disease is most often seen in younger children, primarily males, but can be seen in other cases as well. As the disease worsens, muscles will begin to grow weaker, as well as difficulty breathing. This can also lead to trouble swallowing foods, requiring close care for the more severe cases of muscular dystrophy.