Joe LSU Fan North Jersey Member since Jan 2005 5995 posts Online
Whats the difference between dystrophy and atrophy?
(Posted on 9/18/08 at 7:30 pm)
quote: Atrophy is the partial or complete wasting away of a part of the body. Causes of atrophy include poor nourishment, poor circulation, loss of hormonal support, loss of nerve supply to the target organ, disuse or lack of exercise or disease intrinsic to the tissue itself. Hormonal and nerve inputs that maintain an organ or body part are referred to as trophic.
quote: Muscular dystrophy (MD) refers to a group of genetic, hereditary muscle diseases that cause progressive muscle weakness. Muscular dystrophies are characterized by progressive skeletal muscle weakness, defects in muscle proteins, and the death of muscle cells and tissue.
They both sound the same! Can anyone explain the difference to me?