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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 through the X-chromosome from mother to son. The family member does not have to have the disorder in order to put you at risk-if they are simply carriers, meaning one of their genes has the mutation, you may be at risk. Sometimes the disease may skip a generation, so if you have any family members with the disorder, you may be at an increased risk.

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