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How is Duchenne muscular dystrophy diagnosed?

The first step in diagnosing Duchenne's muscular dystrophy is a physical exam that includes an evaluation of symptoms and a review of you and your family's medical histories. Then a doctor may perform several tests. Blood tests can test for levels of certain enzymes that indicate Duchenne's muscular dystrophy. Blood samples can also be used for genetic testing, which is extremely important in distinguishing Duchenne's muscular dystrophy from other similar disorders. Muscle biopsy, which involves removing a small sample of muscle tissue to be analyzed under a microscope, can test for certain indicators of Duchenne's muscular dystrophy. Your doctor may choose to do one or a combination of these tests, depending on your results and symptoms.

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