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DUCHENNE AFFECTS A PATIENT'S SKELETAL MUSCLES

Since patients affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) have a genetic mutation that prevents functional dystrophin from being produced, their skeletal muscles become weak. Skeletal muscles, such as those in the arms and legs, are responsible for movement.1

Children affected by Duchenne may experience delayed development

The average age of diagnosis for Duchenne is 5 years old. During this diagnosis phase, you may notice your child's development lagging behind his peers.1 He may struggle to sit up, walk, or climb stairs. You may also notice that he has enlarged calves, this is because muscle cells have been damaged by Duchenne and have been replaced with scar tissue.2,3

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1. Bushby K, Finkel R, Birnkrant DJ, et al. Diagnosis and management of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, part 1: diagnosis, and pharmacological and psychosocial management. Lancet Neurol. 2010;9(1):77-93. 2. Signs and Symptoms. Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) website. https://www.mda.org/disease/duchenne-muscular-dystrophy/signs-and-symptoms. Accessed April 6, 2018. 3. Diagnosis & Early Phase. Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy website. https://www.parentprojectmd.org/care/care-guidelines/by-stage/early-ambulatory. Accessed May 2, 2018.