- Q What are the symptoms of Duchenne muscular dystrophy?
Symptoms of Duchenne muscular dystrophy usually begin in very early childhood with muscle weakness in the hips, thighs, and shoulders. This usually leads to developmental delays with walking and running, and toddlers with the condition often seem clumsy... Full Answer
- Q What causes Duchenne muscular dystrophy?
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is caused by a defective gene. The mutation of this gene is found on the X chromosome, which means boys inherit the mutation from their mothers. The particular genetic mutation that causes Duchenne muscular dystrophy... Full Answer
- Q What increases my risk for Duchenne muscular dystrophy?
Since Duchenne muscular dystrophy is inherited, your risk is increased by certain genetic factors. Males are much more commonly affected than females, so being a male increases your risk. In most cases, Duchenne muscular dystrophy is passed down... Full Answer
- Q What is Duchenne muscular dystrophy?
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is one of the most common types of muscular dystrophy, which is an inherited disease that affects the muscles. This disorder almost always affects boys, and symptoms appear very early in childhood. In people with... Full Answer
- Q Can Dystrophin or Becker muscular dystrophy be prevented?
Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy are names for the same disorder caused by genetic mutations in the DMD gene. Because this is a genetic disorder, it cannot be prevented. If you have a family history of Duchenne or Becker muscular dystrophy,... Full Answer
- Q What increases my risk for Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD)?
Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy are names for the same disorder caused by genetic mutations in the DMD gene. It is inherited. This means that your risk is increased if your mother has the disease or has a mutation in the DMD gene... Full Answer