Muscular dystrophy - limb-girdle type (LGMD)
There are no known treatments that directly reverse the muscle weakness. Gene therapy may become available in the future. Supportive treatment can decrease the complications of the disease.
Management is tailored to the patient and his or her symptoms. It includes:
Surgery is occasionally needed.
In general, people tend to have weakness that slowly gets worse in affected muscles and spreads.
The disease causes significant loss of mobility or dependence on a wheelchair within 20 - 30 years.
Heart muscle weakness and abnormal electrical activity of the heart can increase the risk of palpitations, fainting, and sudden death. Most patients with this group of diseases live into adulthood, but do not reach their full life expectancy.
Call your health care provider if you or your child feel weak while rising from a squatting position. Call a geneticist if you or a family member has been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and you are planning a pregnancy.
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