Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) – Quick guide


Symptoms, Diagnosis and Management

DMD Quick guide

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a rare disease for which there is no cure. To ensure that young patients receive treatments that will relieve and delay the progress of DMD, it is important to establish a diagnosis quickly and to identify the genetic cause of the disease.

The information that follows will direct you to new experimental treatments and clinical trials that may help your child. As a parent, family member, friend or member of the DMD community, you stand to gain a much better understanding of DMD with this information in hand.

The following tips are taken from “The Diagnosis and Management of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.” This online guide for families summarises the results of an international consensus on the medical care of DMD, which was published in the British journal Lancet Neurology. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with patient advocacy groups and the TREAT-NMD network, supported its development. To access the website, click here.

Quick guide

Symptoms of DMD

How do you know your child has Duchenne muscular dystrophy? What are the symptoms and warning signs?

Here’s what to look out for…

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Diagnosis of DMD

Establishing a proper and early diagnosis is key to your child’s well-being.

Here’s what you need to know to go about how your MD and a neuromuscular specialist will arrive at a diagnosis…

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Management of DMD

What do you do after your child has been diagnosed with DMD?

How will the disease evolve, and what can you do as a parent to ensure you’re making the right decisions about treatment as it progresses? Here’s a quick overview of what you need to know…

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