A genetic test. Blood can be drawn for dna testing for the muscular dystrophy gene. That's the best test.
Serum CK. Serum ck is elevated in duchenne muscular dystrophy. This is a simple/common blood test. The polymerase chain reaction (pcr) test for the dystrophin gene confirms the diagnosis. If the PCR is inconclusive a muscle biopsy may follow.
One promising.... ..Experimental drug seems likely to be of help: http://www. Ucdmc. Ucdavis. Edu/publish/news/newsroom/7450.
Diagnostics. Muscle biopsy or EMG will be able to differentiate. Presenting symptoms may lead one to be suspected more than the other as well.
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.