What Are the Risk Factors and Symptoms of Muscular Dystrophy?

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Muscular dystrophy occurs in both sexes and in all ages and races. However, the most common variety, Duchenne, usually occurs in young boys. People with a family history of muscular dystrophy are at higher risk of developing the disease or passing it on to their Signs and symptoms typically appear in early childhood and may include:
  • Fall down often
  • Have muscle cramps
  • Have trouble getting up, climbing stairs, running, or jumping
  • Have weak muscles
  • Walk on their toes or waddle
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