Muscular dystrophy is many disorders
Muscular dystrophy is a term used to describe several genetic (inherited) disorders that result in
progressive muscular weakness. Only the most common is discussed below. Please see links for information about other types.
About Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common and most serious type of muscular dystrophy. Muscle tissue is gradually replaced by fat cells and connective tissue. DMD suffers lose the ability to walk, usually by age 12. Use of arms and legs may also be severely affected. Muscle deterioration also results in respiratory complications. Sufferes of DMD usually die by early adulthood.