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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Alternate Names : Pseudohypertrophic Muscular Dystrophy

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

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.

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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Treatment & Monitoring

Author: Susan Woods, MD
Reviewer: Ronald Jorgenson, DDS, PhD, FACMG
Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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