What is genetic counselling?
Genetic counselling can help guide you through the genetic testing process for DMD and explain what the results could mean for you and your family. It can also provide you with the emotional support and resources to help you cope in the long term.1–3
What can a genetic counsellor do for me?
They will answer any questions you have about DMD and what it means for your family.2,3,4
They will determine the best testing strategy for your child or relative.2,3,4
They will help you make sense of the results and discuss the best course of action.2,3,4
They will help you and your family cope with a positive test result.2,3,4
Find out more about the available options for Duchenne muscular dystrophy treatment
As DMD causes muscles to become weak and damaged, maintaining muscle strength and function is a key part of care.
- Helderman-van den Enden ATJM, et al. Clin Genet. 2011;79:236–242.
- Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. Genetic counseling. Available at https://www.parentprojectmd.org/about-duchenne/is-it-duchenne/genetic-counseling/ [last accessed October 2022].
- Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Assessing Genetic Risks; Andrews LB, et al., editors. Assessing Genetic Risks: Implications for Health and Social Policy. Washington, DC: National Academies Press (US); 1994: 4. Issues in Genetic Counseling. Available at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK236049/ [last accessed October 2022].
- Duchenne Connect. Genetic Counseling Available at https://www.duchenneconnect.org/genetic-counseling.html [last accessed October 2022].
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