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Limb Girdle Dystrophy

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"Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) isn’t really one disease. It’s a group of disorders affecting voluntary muscles, mainly those around the hips and shoulders — the pelvic and shoulder girdles, also known as the limb girdles. ... Over time (usually many years), the person with LGMD loses muscle bulk and strength. "

So this is the name of the disease my dad has. Strange that it's been so long and I only just learned this today.

Wikipedia has almost no info on it. Google search results have almost no info on it. But apparently it is in fact, hereditary. Which I also didn't know. When he was first diagnosed they said it wasn't hereditary but I guess since then they've traced back the specific abnormal genes now and so it is hereditary. Some versions you can inherit from one parent with the abnormal gene, for others you need two parents that each carry the abnormal gene.

"The frequency of LGMD in the general population cannot be estimated because of the heterogenous nature of this group of disorders"

If anyone's curious, or for my own reference later when I'm not quite so tired...
http://www.emedicine.com/pmr/topic65.htm
http://www.mdausa.org/publications/fa-lgmd-qa.html

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Updated October 16th, 2007 at 23:23 by night faerie

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