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What increases my risk for muscular dystrophy?

Since all types of muscular dystrophy are inherited, 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 muscular dystrophy, or in some cases are simply carriers of the mutation causing muscular dystrophy, then your risk is greatly increased. Based on patterns of inheritance, If you have any family members with the disorder, you may be at a greater risk.

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