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Are there other muscular dystrophy (MD)-like conditions?

Muscular dystrophy causes progressive weakness of the muscles resulting in difficulty walking, lifting things, swallowing and breathing.  There are many other muscle diseases which cause similar symptoms.  While the majority are not treatable, it is important to see a neurologist to determine the muscle disease you have so they may advise you on how to maintain function and for purposes of genetic counseling. 

These diseases may produce symptoms that are very similar to those found in some forms of muscular dystrophy (MD) (such as inflammatory myopathy, progressive muscle weakness, mental impairment, and cardiomyopathy), but they are caused by different genetic defects. The sharing of symptoms among multiple neuromuscular diseases, and the prevalence of sporadic cases in families not previously affected by MD, often makes it difficult for MD patients to obtain a quick diagnosis. Studies of other related muscle diseases may, however, contribute to what we know about MD.

This answer is based on the source infromation from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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