9 Types of Muscular Dystrophy

8. Distal Muscular Dystrophy

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Distal MD is caused by defects in the dysferlin protein. The condition usually affects older adults between the age of 40 and 60. Distal MD affects the feet, lower legs, forearms and hands, causing symptoms like the inability to extend the fingers and difficulty walking. The disease progresses slowly and is considered a mild form of MD.

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4 comments

  1. LOUIS COWAN says:

    I am the father of a family affected with SMA-LED, also my daughter, and grandson are affected… We have been biopsied by Dr. Michael Shy of the MDA research team.. My age is 82, my daughter is 59 and my grandson is 27, is there any answer to my question?????

  2. IS THERE ANY TREATMENT FOR DUCHENNE? MY GRAND SON WAS DIAGNOSED AT NEW BORN THROUGH MEDICAL TESTING. NO ONE IN MY FAMILY HAS MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY. HE IS NOW ALMOST FOUR, AND JUST A LITTLE BEHIND WITH SPEACH AND TRIPPING, BUT FOR THE MOST PART, IS GROWING TALL. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF THERE IS TESTING GOING ON AFTER ALL THESE YEARS OF TELETHONS AND MILLIONS DONATED. I CAN’T BARE THE THOUGHT OF MY GRANDSON HAVING THIS AFTER LEARNING TO SPEAK AND WALK AND ALL THINGS HE KNOWS, HE IS VERY SMART. PLEASE TELL ME AS MUCH AS YOU CAN, HOPEFULLY GOOD, THANK YOU,

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