Only a doctor can make a DMD diagnosis. There are a specific set of steps the doctor will go through that will help them tell whether a patient has DMD.
Doctors will look at:
Your doctor may also talk to or consult with a specialist, to confirm their decision.
Often, it’s a parent or other adult that brings the signs and symptoms of DMD to a doctor’s attention.
Keep reading to learn more about the signs of DMD in children.
Knowing the signs and symptoms of DMD can help catch the disease early and help an affected child get the help they need.
Recognizing red flag signs and symptoms:
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Date of preparation: September 2022
Neuromuscular disorders affect the muscles and nerves, and most of the causes are genetic. This means they are either passed down through the family or caused by changes in an individual person’s genes.
Most neuromuscular disorders cause muscle weakness that worsens over time. Signs and symptoms of neuromuscular diseases can vary and may be mild, moderate, or severe.
Most often, when a child has a neuromuscular disease, they don’t grow and develop as fast as other children their age. They are often slow to start lifting their head, sitting, walking, and talking.
Treatment and supportive care may improve the symptoms of a neuromuscular disorder, increasing mobility and even life expectancy.
Muscular dystrophy is the term for a group of neuromuscular disorders that cause muscle weakness and muscle loss.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a type of muscular dystrophy that causes muscle weakness that worsens over time. The progression and symptoms can vary from person to person.