Understand Duchenne

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (Duchenne) is the most common lethal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood. It is a progressive muscle disorder that causes loss of muscle function and independence. TO THIS DAY…there is NO CURE.

Because the Duchenne gene is found on the “X” chromosome, the disorder manifests primarily in boys. It knows no boundaries. It affects all races and all cultures.

Duchenne affects approximately 1 in 3,500 boys and each year, around 20,000 children worldwide are born with Duchenne.

Although many cases are genetically inherited, approximately 35% of all Duchenne cases are the result of a new random spontaneous genetic mutation that can occur during any pregnancy regardless of family history.

In 1986, the gene that causes Duchenne muscular dystrophy was successfully identified and isolated by medical researchers.

For more information, check out PPMD’s pages about Duchenne including: