If I have Muscular Dystrophy, will my child have the disease?

Muscular dystrophy is an inherited disease.  Accordingly, if you have the disease, there is an increased chance you may pass it to your child. The likelihood of your child developing muscular dystrophy depends on the type of muscular dystrophy you have. Some types can be passed down if only one parent has the mutation. Others require that both parents pass the mutation in order for the child to actually have the disease. Still other types may be affected by whether you're a female or a male, as certain types of muscular dystrophy are passed on through the X chromosome. In all cases, if you have muscular dystrophy, you may want to talk with a doctor about genetic counseling.

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