Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Muscular Dystrophy Outlook

What to expect with muscular dystrophy:

  • The outcome depends on the type of muscular dystrophy.
  • Most children with this condition must wear braces by age 8.
  • Most children are unable to walk and are in a wheelchair by 12 years of age.
  • Severe forms of muscular dystrophy can cause progressive muscle weakness, resulting in death before age 25.
  • Mild forms result in nearly normal life expectancy.

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Last Updated: Mar 26, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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