Duchenne muscular dystrophy

An inherited disorder of progressive muscular weakness, typically in boys.


Many people with muscular dystrophy have Duchenne syndrome. Girls can be carriers and mildly affected, but the disease typically affects boys.


Symptoms include frequent falls, trouble getting up or running, waddling gait, big calves, and learning disabilities.


There is no cure, but physical therapy and medications, such as corticosteroids, can help control symptoms and improve quality of life.

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