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Muscular Dystrophy (MD)

The ‘Muscular Dystrophies’ are a group of inherited genetic conditions, which progressively weaken a group of muscles, before affecting the wider body. There are many different types of MD, each with different symptoms and severity. The most common types are:

  • Duchenne MD – the most common MD in the UK, usually effecting young boys, with men with the condition sadly only living into their 20’s or 30’s.
  • Myotonic Dystrophy – the second most common MD, affecting around 1 in every 8,000 people in the UK. It can develop at any age, but life expectancy isn’t always affected.
  • Facioscapulohumeral MD – affects around 1 in 20,000 people, making it the third most common MD, it progresses slowly and isn’t usually life threatening.
  • Becker MD – related to Duchenne MD, but developing later in life, it is less severe and again usually does not affect life expectancy.
  • Limb-Girdle MD – a group of conditions usually developing in early adulthood, variants can vary from slow development to progressing quickly and be life threatening.
  • Oculopharyngeal MD – doesn’t usually affect people until their 50’ or 60’s and doesn’t tend to affect life expectancy.
  • Emery-Dreifuss MD – develops in childhood or early adults, with most people living until at least middle age.

Although there is no current cure for MD, there is a range of treatments that can help with the physical disabilities which may develop.

The different types of Muscular Dystrophy present very different challenges to people at different stages of life. Whether you are a young adult, someone with children at home or older, your changing needs will be specific to you. Rehabilitation is important to help maintain and develop skills and function. Marbrook makes it possible to be as independent as possible, choosing what you want to do and having the support to do it.

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