Study Delves into the Various Levels of Severity in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Patients

Understanding muscular dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy is a genetic disorder that includes a variety of different types, but is summed up as a disease where the body muscles weaken over time. 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 seen in younger children, primarily males.  As the disease worsens, muscles will begin to grow weaker and can also cause the patient to have difficulty in breathing.  This can also lead to trouble swallowing foods, requiring close care for the more severe cases of muscular dystrophy.