September is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness due to the alterations of a protein called dystrophin that helps keep muscle cells intact. DMD is one of four conditions known as dystrophinopathies. The other three diseases that belong to this group are Becker Muscular dystrophy (BMD, a mild form of DMD); an intermediate clinical presentation between DMD and BMD; and DMD-associated dilated cardiomyopathy (heart-disease) with little or no clinical skeletal, or voluntary, muscle disease. Learn more about DMD and find ways to help spread awareness HERE and in the videos below.
Duchenne & Becker muscular dystrophy - causes, symptoms, treatment & pathology
What are Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy? Muscular dystrophy is where the muscles weaken and lose muscle mass; in this case, both Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy are caused by a genetic mutation in the dystrophin gene.
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Ryan's Story
By Nationwide Children's
Early signs of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
By Duchenne Parent Project