Why early diagnosis matters

If your child or young person has Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), it is better to find out sooner rather than later.1,2

The earlier the diagnosis, the sooner your child or young person can start to receive medical care and treatment. And the sooner this starts, the more potential there is for slowing down the disease and helping to preserve muscle function for as long as possible.1,2

Early diagnosis means that you may receive the following benefits sooner:

  • You will have access to specialist clinics and doctors1,2
  • Your child or young person may be able to start treatment1
  • You can get access to genetic counselling1,2
  • Family members at risk can be tested and you can find out the risk of DMD in any future pregnancies1,2
  • You may be able to apply for financial assistance3–5

  • You can start planning how to take care of your child or young person at home1,4
  • You may be able to enroll your child or young person in clinical trials of new treatments1
  • You can get support from local patient organisations and talk with other affected families4,6,7

If your child or young person has DMD, it is better to find out sooner rather than later.1,2 Finding out early can ensure your child gets the expert care they need to reach their full potential

1. Birnkrant DJ, et al. Lancet Neurol. 2018;17:251–267 [Part 1].
2. Aartsma-Rus A, et al. J Pediatr. 2019;204:305–313.e4.
3. Muscular Dystrophy News. Assistance fund opens program to help Duchenne patients with medical expenses. Available at https://musculardystrophynews.com/10/28/assistance-fund-offers-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-patients-help-with-medical-expenses/ [last accessed March 2021].
4. Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. Funding sources. Available at https://www.parentprojectmd.org/care/for-families/community-resource-center/daily-life-resources/funding-sources/ [last accessed March 2021].
5. Muscular Dystrophy UK. Financial and practical support. Available at https://www.musculardystrophyuk.org/get-the-right-care-and-support/entitlements/financial-and-practical-support/ [last accessed March 2021].
6. Duchenne UK. Patient and parent stories. Available at https://www.duchenneuk.org/Pages/Category/parent-stories [last accessed March 2021].
7. World Duchenne Organization. Mission & vision. Available at https://www.worldduchenne.org/mission-vision/ [last accessed March 2021].

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