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Patient Education

Reproductive Options for Duchenne Carrier Families

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source: Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy


There are many different reproductive options for carrier families with a higher chance of having a child with Duchenne or Becker muscular dystrophy. It is best that women talk to their ob/gyn and genetic counselor before becoming pregnant.

Recall that there is a 25% chance of having an affected child (25% affected son; 25% unaffected son; 25% carrier daughter; 25% non-carrier daughter). If the child is known to be male, the chance of having an affected son is thus 50%; if it is female, the chance of a carrier daughter is 50%.


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