Can Muscular Dystrophy Be Prevented?

Some forms can be prevented. For example post Polio Syndrome (a condition of muscle weakness that develops in adulthood in patients that had polio as a child) can be prevented by vaccinating children against polio. If a family knows that they have a family history of certain types of muscular dystrophy, Genetic information and counseling can give people insight as to whether they are at risk to have children with this genetic disease. People can also learn about what medications or toxins may lead to damage of the nerves and avoid these.

However, there are also muscular dystrophies that cannot be prevented because their causes are unknown.

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