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: 9/7/2018 2:05:38 PM

From the Newsdesk

Lucas’ Success Story
August 15, 2017 was the day my son Lucas was admitted to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital for purposes of treating uncontrollable seizures. After being admitted at a previous children’s hospital on three consecutive occasions and many EEGs later, we were referred to Nicklaus Children’s by a neurologist.
Service Excellence Employee Recognition Awards
More than 30 employees were recognized for going “above and beyond” their duties to deliver an outstanding experience to patient families and colleagues alike at the 2017 Annual Service Excellence Employee Recognition Awards celebration, held on Tuesday, December 19.