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pseudohypertrophic muscular dystrophy

pseudohypertrophic muscular dystrophy in Medicine

pseudohypertrophic muscular dystrophy n.
The most common form of muscular dystrophy, in which fat and fibrous tissue infiltrate muscle tissue, causing eventual weakening of the respiratory muscles and the myocardium. The disease, which almost exclusively affects males, begins in early childhood and usually causes death before adulthood. Also called childhood muscular dystrophy, Duchenne's disease, Duchenne's dystrophy, pseudohypertrophic muscular paralysis.

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