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Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy

Other Names for this Disease
  • EDMD
  • Humeroperoneal neuromuscular disease, (formerly)
  • Muscular dystrophy, tardive, Dreifuss-Emery type, with contractures
  • Scapuloperoneal syndrome, X-linked (formerly)
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  • My friend has Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy. I've been trying to learn as much as I can so that I can try to help him cope. I hope you can answer my questions. I know it said that 1 in 100,000 people have this disease but how many people in America are actually living with it? Is it a disease that he could pass on to his children? Can he live a normal life? I know that it is a disease that makes his muscles weak, but how fast does this happen? Click here for answer