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A 36-year-old member asked:

How does duchenne muscular dystrophy affect the body?

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 32 years experience
See below: It is caused by an alteration (mutation) in a gene, called the dmd gene that can be inherited in families in an x-linked recessive fashion, but it often occurs in people from families without a known family history of the condition. Individuals who have dmd have progressive loss of muscle function and weakness, which begins in the lower limbs.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Where does duchenne muscular dystrophy strike most in the body?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
Mutations in the : dystrophin gene, Xp21.2-p21.1, causes weakness in large, then small, skeletal muscles. Weakness of heart muscle, smooth muscle of GI tract & urinary tracts, Speech Sound Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Specific Learning Disability & behavior problems occur in some boys. Carrier girls may have cardiomyopathy. Specific mutations determine manifestations in boys & carrier girls. See mda.org.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What are medications for duchenne muscular dystrophy?

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Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Steroids: Currently the mainstay of therapy for duchenne is still steroids. Steroids slow the progression of the disease but are not a cure. There are many promising therapies being tested, but so far no others available at this time. For more information visit mda.Org or duchenneconnect.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for duchenne muscular dystrophy?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Prenatally,: ...A dna based diagnosis is possible: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc1715396/.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What causes duchenne muscular dystrophy?

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Dr. Beth Howell
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Hereditary: It is inherited because of a defective gene on the x chromosome (female sex chromosome). It is referred to as a "sex-linked recessive" inheritance pattern. Girls get two x chromosomes, and the healthy one overrules the unhealthy gene, preventing girls from contracting the disorder. Boys get an x and a y. If the x has the defective gene, there is no corresponding gene on the y to overrule it.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What is duchenne muscular dystrophy?

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Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
X-Linked Reces. MD: Duchenne dystrophy is inherited as an x-linked recessive trait, carried in women. It affects about 1in 3500 male births with no geographic/ethnic variation. About 1/3 of the cases are caused by new mutations, the others are familial. Diagnosis is usually evident from clinical features. The abnormality is in the cytoskeletal protein dystrophin. It is unclear why the lack of dystrophin ->findings.

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