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Delay in onset of walking may be Duchenne's

Duchenne Muscular dystrophy affects the proximal muscles causing weakness. It is an X- linked recessive disorder. The child usually presents with delay in walking, frequent falls and standing difficulty. Becker's Muscular Dystrophy is a disease with similar aspect and distribution to the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, although it is usually less severe. No specific treatment is available although steroids delay the progression of the disease. Most patients die of respiratory problems by the age of 20. Maternal screening must be done.

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