Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Alternate Names : Pseudohypertrophic Muscular Dystrophy
What can be done to prevent the disease?
Since Duchenne muscular dystrophy is an inherited disorder, genetic counseling may helpful to couples with a family history of the disease.
What are the long-term effects of the disease?
Duchenne muscular dystrophy causes progressive deterioration of the muscles, and loss of function. The muscle deterioration leads to the use of braces and eventually a wheelchair. Impaired lung function leads to serious lung infections, aspiration, and death.
What are the risks to others?
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is not contagious. It is an X-linked recessive disorder. This means that an unaffected woman who carries the gene can pass it to her sons.