About MD | The
Facts About Duchenne | Research
are more than 70,000 babies, children and adults
living in the UK today who suffer from muscular
dystrophy or a related muscle disease. That means
that there are some 350,000 people (family, friends,
carer's, etc) who are affected.
you or one of your family is newly diagnosed, it
might be of some help (at some stage) to know that
you are not alone.
be straight - a diagnosis of any disease is a huge
shock and different people deal with it in different
ways. There is no right or wrong way to deal with
shock or grief.
rest assured, there are people, living in your situation,
who can help and support you.
national body campaigning for all the muscle diseases
is the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign - a wonderful
bunch of people dedicated to helping you. Locally,
there are people like us.....together, we are stronger!
here to learn more about the different types of
Facts about Duchenne
muscular dystrophy (DMD) affects only boys (with
extremely rare exceptions).
is one of more than 20 different types of Muscular
Dystrophy. All dystrophies are genetic disorders.
66% of cases the mother is the carrier of the disease.
In the remaining percentage DMD occurs as a genetic
mutation at conception
and therefore can happen to anyone.
is a 1 in 3500 chance of giving birth to a DMD Child.
is the commonest and most aggressive form of Muscular
boys are born and die with DMD every week in the
are about 1500 boys suffering with DMD living in
the UK at any one time.
By about 8 to 11 years boys become wheelchair bound.
early to late 20’s the condition is severe
enough to shorten life expectancy.
you know that 95% of boys in any children's hospice
have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
would be totally pointless for me to spend my time
reproducing the fantastic work of the Muscular Dystrophy
Campaign website and so, for the most up-to-date
info on research into a potential treatment or cure
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