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What is limb-girdle muscular dystrophy?

Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy is the name for a group of inherited diseases that affect the muscles in the shoulder and hip areas. In people with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, the genes that affect muscle function are damaged, resulting in muscle weakness and other problems. Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy most commonly affects voluntary muscles in the shoulders, hips, and thighs, but it can also affect muscles in the heart. There are many different types of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy that are each classified according to the kind of genetic mutation that causes the disease. The age that symptoms start and the severity of the symptoms vary depending on the type.

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