Genetics and pathogenesis of distal muscular dystrophies.

  title={Genetics and pathogenesis of distal muscular dystrophies.},
  author={Bjarne A. Udd},
  journal={Advances in experimental medicine and biology},
Distal myopathies are distal muscular dystrophies because they are genetic disorders with progressive loss of muscle tissue. The true distal dystrophies not only show a distal onset; they also remain more distal than proximal throughout the course of the disease. Currently almost 20 different entities of distal muscular dystrophies have been genetically determined, compared to just five entities delineated on clinical grounds in the 1980s. Half of the genes underlying these disorders have been… CONTINUE READING

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