Later onset Muscular Dystrophies

At what age do signs of dystrophy appear?

Contrary to the wide spread notion that muscular dystrophy is an exclusively childhood disorder, clinical onset may occur at any point in the life span. The different types of the disease vary in the age at which muscle wasting becomes manifest and in the muscle groups first affected. This pamphlet deals mainly with those muscular dystrophies of later onset. The Muscular Dystrophy Association produces a separate pamphlet on the early onset disorders namely Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy.

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