Understanding Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, also known as DMD, is a breakdown and weakness of the muscles in the arms and legs, as well as the heart and breathing functions. This weakness is caused from a genetic defect in a specific protein known as "dystrophin". Although there is no cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, there is ongoing research into the replacement of the missing gene. 

Facts about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy 

  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy affects males, and although females are usually not affected, they can be carriers.  

  • It is usually diagnosed in early childhood. 

  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most frequently occurring and one of the most rapidly progressive of the childhood neuromuscular disorders.  

  • Globally, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy affects one in every 3500 live male births. 

What are the symptoms of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy? 

There are early signs of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy including toe walking, larger than normal calf muscles and speech delay. The child may also be a late walker, show a "waddling" type gait, and may be unable to run or climb stairs. Children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy may also develop varying behavioural disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. 

How can CPL help?

No matter where you are on your journey, we are ready to help you achieve your goals. Our services aim to support people to reach their full potential through:  

For more information about how we can support you with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, visit our services page, call us on 1800 275 753 or send an online enquiry

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