Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy - Muscular Dystrophy Queensland

Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy

The term limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) refers to a group of over 20 muscular dystrophies. LGMD affects the pelvic (hip) and shoulder areas.

LGMD is characterised by weakness and wasting of muscles of the shoulder and hips initially which may extend to the lower limbs over time. Sore muscles and joint pain may also be present. Progression varies between individuals, even between siblings.

Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy gets its name from the shoulder girdle that surrounds the shoulder bones, and the pelvic girdle that surrounds the hip bones.

LGMD varies in the way it presents from person to person and progression of the condition does not follow a set path.

The limb girdles are the groups of bones making up the shoulder and pelvic areas, and it is the weakness and wasting (atrophy) of the muscles connected to the limb girdles that has given LGMD its name.

Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy

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