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Teachers Resource: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD)

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source: Save Our Sons Duchenne Foundation


Duchenne muscular dystrophy affects approximately 1 in 3,500 boys and approximately 20,000 boys are born with Duchenne worldwide each year. In very rare cases girls can have Duchenne (1 in 50 million).

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is one of the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood. It progressively causes loss of muscle function and loss of independence. Duchenne muscular dystrophy primarily affects boys because the DMD gene is found on the X chromosome. It affects all races and cultures.

To date, it has no cure. But there is hope for a brighter future with emerging treatments and possible therapies on the horizon.

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