Question: How quickly does muscular dystrophy progress?

Most types of muscular dystrophy progress relatively slowly over the years, eventually causing joint and muscle problems and potentially leading to a loss of mobility. In those cases, however, there are treatments like physical therapy and medications that may slow the progress of these symptoms.

What is the progression of muscular dystrophy?

Some forms progress slowly and cause only mild disability, while others progress rapidly and cause severe impairment. Limb-girdle. Hip and shoulder muscles are usually affected first. People with this type of muscular dystrophy might have difficulty lifting the front part of the foot and so might trip frequently.

What type of muscular dystrophy has the most rapid progression?

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common type of muscular dystrophy diagnosed in childhood. It first appears in very early childhood—only in boys—and progresses rapidly. Most children are unable to walk by age 12 and later need a respirator to breathe.

Are there stages of muscular dystrophy?

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) has some of the most severe outcomes and is associated with decreased lifespan. According to the appearance and progression of symptoms, this type of muscular dystrophy can be divided into 3 general stages, although some experts describe the stages of DMD in 4-5 stages.

Do people with muscular dystrophy live a full life?

It progresses slowly, with short periods of rapid muscle deterioration and weakness. Severity ranges from very mild to completely disabling. Walking, chewing, swallowing, and speaking problems can occur. About 50% of of those with facioscapulohumeral MD can walk throughout their lives, and most live a normal life span.

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