Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

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Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a genetic disorder that is one of nine types of muscular dystrophy. It is characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness, and is caused by an absence of the protein that keeps muscle cells intact (dystrophin). Age of onset is early childhood, typically ages 3 to 5, and it primarily affects males due to the mutation of the X chromosome that leads to the disease.
Organizations exist to provide support and resources to individuals experiencing Duchenne muscular dystrophy in their lives.

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