Causes and Diagnosis
Causes and Diagnoses of Muscular Dystrophy
Muscular dystrophy is an inherited genetic disorder. It may look like other health problems, but blood tests, including genetic testing, may help confirm the diagnosis.
Causes of muscular dystrophy
Muscular dystrophy is caused by genetic mutations that prevent certain genes from making proteins that protect the muscle fibers. While muscular dystrophy can be hereditary, the genetic mutations can also occur randomly.
Diagnosis of muscular dystrophy
Muscular dystrophy is typically diagnosed during childhood, though some forms of the disease have an onset in adulthood. Diagnostic tests for the disease include: