Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy

Also known as: LGMD.

What is limb-girdle muscular dystrophy?

Muscular dystrophy is a chronic disease that causes gradual weakness and loss of muscle over time. Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy can refer to several different types of muscular dystrophy that primarily affect the upper arms, shoulders, thighs or pelvis.

What causes limb-girdle muscular dystrophy?

Genetic mutations appear to cause limb-girdle muscular dystrophy. These can be hereditary disorders that can be passed along from parents to their children.

What are the symptoms of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy?

Over time, the muscles that control voluntary movements in the shoulders, upper arms, pelvis or thighs gradually weaken and lead to problems with movement. Eventually, it can progress to the point where walking or moving the arms becomes difficult.

What are limb-girdle muscular dystrophy care options?

Treatment for limb-girdle muscular dystrophy is focused on managing the symptoms and helping people with the disease live the best life possible. Treatment possibilities include physical therapy, occupational therapy, assistive devices and orthotics and other treatments.

Reviewed by: Trevor J Resnick, MD

This page was last updated on: November 06, 2023 03:52 PM

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