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What increases my risk for congenital muscular dystrophy?

Since all types of congenital muscular dystrophy are genetic, your risk is increased by certain genetic factors. The way that the disease is passed down through genes varies depending on the specific disease. In most cases, if one or both of your parents have a type of congenital muscular dystrophy-or in some cases, it they are simply carriers of the mutation causing congenital muscular dystrophy-then your risk is greatly increased. Certain types of the disease generally affect only people of a certain ethnic background, so your heritage may also affect your risk. 


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