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How is muscular dystrophy diagnosed?

key information

source: National Institutes of Health


The first step in diagnosing muscular dystrophy (MD) is a visit with a health care provider for a physical exam. The health care provider will ask a series of questions about the patient’s family history and medical history, including any problems affecting the muscles that the patient may be experiencing.

The health care provider may order tests to determine whether the problems are a result of MD and, if so, what form of this disorder. The tests may also rule out other problems that could cause muscle weakness, such as surgery, toxic exposure, medications, or other muscle diseases.


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