What is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy?
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common lethal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood. It is a progressive muscle disorder that causes loss of muscle function and independence. Duchenne affects approximately 1 in every 3500 boys, or 20,000 babies born each year worldwide. Because the Duchenne gene is found on the X chromosome, the disorder manifests primarily in boys. Duchenne affects families of every race and culture. It can occur during every pregnancy regardless of family history. Random spontaneous genetic mutation is the cause of Duchenne in nearly 35% of families affected. There are approximately 15,000 boys/young men diagnosed with Dcuhenne alive today in the United States.
Treatments for Duchenne
No known effective treatment or cure currently exists for Duchenne. Researchers and doctors, like Dr. Brian Tseng at the Jett Program for Pediatric Neuromuscular Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, are searching for both treatments and cures for the disease.
Please visit our Duchenne Resources page for more information on the latest research and resources as we work towards treatments and a cure.