Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy has several forms.1 Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common, accounting for over 50% of all cases.1 If you would like to know more about this particular form of muscular dystrophy, you can read information here on the causes and effects of DMD, how and when it typically progresses, and what this means in the longer term for people with DMD.

We will take a look at a protein called dystrophin and explain how mutations in the gene for this important molecule affect the muscles of the body. We talk about how, and where, these mutations happen in the pathway to having a baby.

The information in these articles covers how it is that some people can be carriers without showing signs of having a faulty gene but can pass the gene on to the next generation, and the likelihood of the gene being passed on further in each pregnancy. You can also find out why it is so rare for girls to develop DMD and why only women can be carriers. We discuss what it means to be a carrier, and how regular monitoring is important for all carriers as in some cases carriers may show some signs of disease requiring treatment.

  1. National Institutes of Health. What are the types and symptoms of muscular dystrophy (MD)? Available at https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/musculardys/conditioninfo/types [last accessed March 2021].
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