Muscular dystrophy is a hereditary medical condition that greatly affects the muscles of the body and causes progressive weakness. While there are fewer than 200,000 cases in the United States, as of right now, there is no cure. Most forms of this serious disease occur in young children, primarily boys. Abnormal genes cause degeneration of the muscles. Many find that they need to use a wheelchair, and the disease typically leads to a shorter life span in the patient.
Most of the symptoms of muscular dystrophy occur in children somewhere between the ages of 2 and 3. As the disease attacks the body, the muscles begin to weaken. Children may have difficulties putting pressure on their legs, or they may manifest other areas of weakness, especially around the ankles. This weakness may come and go. For example, a child may be walking along, when, unexpectedly, one of their legs just gives out unexpectedly due to weakness in the muscles.
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