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EGL Supports Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Day

Posted by Derek Stevens on Sep 29, 2016 11:00:00 AM


 Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) is a descriptive term applied to a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of childhood- and adult-onset muscular dystrophies. LGMD is characterized by weakness and wasting restricted to the limb musculature; usually proximal muscles early on, then distal muscles later. There are more than 50 genes associated with LGMD that have various modes of inheritance. This, combined with a vast variability in age of onset, progression, and distribution of weakness, makes the diagnosis of a specific subtype of LGMD a challenge. And for some individuals, the science of genetics hasn’t caught up to their clinical diagnosis.

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Topics: LGMD Awareness Day, LGMD, Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy



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