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How common is muscular dystrophy?

The rates for muscular dystrophy vary depending on the type of disease. Myotonic dystrophy is the most common form, affecting around 30,000 people in the United States. Duchenne's muscular dystrophy affects about 8,000 people in the United States. Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy, on the other hand, affects fewer than 300 people. Other forms of muscular dystrophy are rarer and in some cases, rates of the diseases may be difficult to determine due to difficulty in diagnosis.

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