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What are the symptoms of muscular dystrophy?

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For most types of muscular dystrophy, symptoms start to show up in childhood or in the teen years. In general, children with the condition:

Some will also have symptoms like:

  • Fall down often
  • Have weak muscles
  • Have muscle cramps
  • Have trouble getting up, climbing stairs, running, or jumping
  • Walk on their toes or waddle
  • A curved spine (called scoliosis)
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Heart problems
  • Trouble breathing or swallowing
  • Vision problems
  • Weakness in the muscles of the face

From: Muscular Dystrophy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Facts About Muscular Dystrophy," "Treatment and Care."

FDA News Release. "FDA grants accelerated approval to first drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Muscular Dystrophy Information Page."

News release, Children's National Medical Center.

NHS: "Causes of muscular dystrophy."

NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: "What are the types of muscular dystrophy?" "How is muscular dystrophy diagnosed?" "What are the treatments for muscular dystrophy?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 25, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Facts About Muscular Dystrophy," "Treatment and Care."

FDA News Release. "FDA grants accelerated approval to first drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Muscular Dystrophy Information Page."

News release, Children's National Medical Center.

NHS: "Causes of muscular dystrophy."

NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: "What are the types of muscular dystrophy?" "How is muscular dystrophy diagnosed?" "What are the treatments for muscular dystrophy?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 25, 2018

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