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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Erin Kim. What is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy?. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a type of muscular dystrophy is a recessive genetic disorder causing the fast deterioration of muscles. Symptoms.

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What is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy?

  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a type of muscular dystrophy is a recessive genetic disorder causing the fast deterioration of muscles.
  • symptoms usually start to become visible to the naked eye from infancy to around five years old.
  • When they do start to walk, they walk in a weird way, only walking on the balls of their feet
  • This is because they have increased calf muscles. However this muscle is very soon replaced by fatty tissue.
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  • Another symptom of DMD is a slight mental retardation such as dyslexia, or learning disabilities.
  • The Dystrophin gene is a gene located on the X chromosome (sex-linked disease)
  • Females are rarely affected (X- inactivation)
  • 30% of dystrophin mutations occur spontaneously
  • electromyopathy test – insertion of needle, recording of electricity. (When muscles contract and release, there is usually an electric current flowing through the tissue)
  • “Serum CreatineKinase Test” looks for a build up of kinase in the bloodstream
  • muscle biopsy- Here a piece of muscle is removed and examined. If the cells are big and filled with fatty tissue then that means that person has DMD

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Primary Cause/ Life Span

  • DMD is caused by the lack of Dystrophin, (a protein) in the cell membrane of muscles
  • People with DMD usually die by 20 years of age because their heart and diaphragm have deteriorated.
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Cure? Support groups?
  • Currently there is no cure for DMD, but many studies are being done to try and find cures.
  • Many DMD patients go to physical therapy to keep their muscles in the best condition they can
  • The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is a large support group that helps people with muscular disorders
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