Muscular dystrophy is a genetic disease characterized by progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal muscles which controls movement. The muscles of the heart and some other involuntary muscles are also affected in some forms of muscular dystrophy. There are also a few other forms that involve other organs as well. Over time, muscles break down and are replaced with fatty deposits. Common symptoms associated with muscular dystrophy are clumsy movement, difficulty climbing stairs, frequent tripping, and falling, inability to jump or hop normally, tiptoe walking, leg pain, facial weakness, inability to close eyes or whistle, and shoulder and arm weakness.
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