Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Myotonic Dystrophy Duchenne's

Characteristics of Duchenne's muscular dystrophy:

  • Symptoms start after a child learns to walk.
  • Progressive muscle weakness:
    • Children usually require a wheelchair by age 12.
  • Weakness is most common in the legs and pelvis.
  • Muscle weakness also occurs in the arms, neck, and other areas.
  • Muscle enlargement occurs in the legs.
  • Scoliosis is prominent.
  • Disability progresses through childhood.
  • People with Duchenne's muscular dystrophy usually die between 12 and 20 years of age.

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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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