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A Review of MD STAR net’s Research Contributions to Pediatric-Onset Dystrophinopathy in the United States; 2002-2017

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source: Journal of Child Neurology

year: 2018

authors: Sahay KM, Smith T, Conway KM, Romitti PA, Lamb MM, Andrews J, Pandya S, Oleszek J, Cunniff C, Valdez R


Population studies of rare disorders, such as Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies (dystrophinopathies), are challenging due to diagnostic delay and heterogeneity in disorder milestones. To address these challenges, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention established the Muscular Dystrophy Surveillance, Tracking, and Research Network (MD STAR net) in 2002 in the United States. From 2002 to 2012, MD STAR net longitudinally tracked the prevalence, clinical, and health care outcomes of 1054 individuals born from 1982 to 2011 with pediatric-onset dystrophinopathy through medical record abstraction and survey data collection.

This article summarizes 31 MD STAR net peer-reviewed publications. MD STAR net provided the first population-based prevalence estimates of childhood-onset dystrophinopathy in the United States. Additional publications provided insights into diagnostic delay, dystrophinopathy-specific growth charts, and health services use. Ongoing population-based surveillance continually improves our understanding of clinical and diagnostic outcomes of rare disorders.

organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA; University of Iowa, USA; University of Colorado, USA; University of Arizona, USA; University of Rochester, USA; University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children's Hospital Colorado, USA; Weill Cornell Medical College, USA; National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, USA

DOI: 10.1177/0883073818801704

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