HOW IS DUCHENNE DIAGNOSED?

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The first symptoms of Duchenne may be hard for your doctor to recognize. Find out how you can help your doctor identify any problems as quickly as possible.
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EARLY DIAGNOSIS MAKES A DIFFERENCE

There is never a good time to find out that your child or loved one has Duchenne. However, an early diagnosis gives your family the best possible opportunity to access care and support so you can:

  • Be referred to specialist teams near you
  • Start treatment as soon as possible
  • Get access to genetic counseling
  • Enable testing of family members at risk
  • Plan ahead and make changes to employment and housing
  • Make decisions about potential future pregnancies
  • Learn about clinical trials to access potential new drug treatments
  • Get support from local patient organizations and other patients
Why early treatment is so important
There is no cure for Duchenne, but scientific studies have shown that starting treatment strategies as soon as possible may help delay or slow disease progression and improve quality of life.
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UNDERSTANDING GENETICS

Learn why genetics plays an important role in Duchenne.

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  • Duchenne is a genetic disease
  • Duchenne can be caused by different types of mutation
  • Duchenne mutations can occur without any family history
  • Duchenne may be passed onto future generations
  • Girls may show Duchenne symptoms
  • Duchenne may affect future pregnancies
  • Prenatal diagnosis can identify Duchenne in an unborn baby
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WHAT DOES A GENETIC COUNSELOR DO?

Learn how a genetic counselor can help your family.

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  • What is a genetic counselor?
  • Talking to family members about genetic test result
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Find out how a genetic counselor can help support you and your family. Ask your doctor for a referral or more information.
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