Muscular Dystrophy

About Your Child’s Care and Condition

Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a genetic disorder that gradually weakens children’s muscles. It’s caused by incorrect or missing genetic information that prevents the body from making the proteins needed to build and maintain healthy muscles. Early diagnosis is helpful in getting your child the care that he or she needs.

There are several major forms of muscular dystrophy, which can affect the muscles to varying degrees. In some cases, MD starts causing muscle problems in infancy; in others, symptoms don’t appear until adulthood.

Our pediatric neurosciences physicians are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of all forms of MD. Extensive diagnostic testing and a team of treatment professionals combine to help children and their families achieve the best possible outcome.