Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Jhordan Jackson

Overview

Its a genetic disorder in which your body cant really gain muscle and you lose the little bit of muscle you have, due to an absence of Dystrophin ( A cell that helps repair and keeps muscle cells intact. Its one of nine Muscle genetic disorders and you most likely see the symptoms during ages 2 and 3.

Symptoms

  • Frequent falls
  • Difficulty getting up from laying or sitting positions
  • Trouble running and jumping
  • Waddling gait
  • Walking on toes
  • Large calf muscles
  • Muscle pain and stiffness
  • Learning disabilities

Tests and Treatments

Tests consist of X-Rays and really just a physical would do it. As for treatments there is no cure but some things that help you make up for the muscle your losing.


  • Steroids
  • Albuterol
  • Amino Acids
  • Carnitine
  • Co-enzyme Q10
  • Creatine
  • Fish Oil
  • Green tea extracts
  • Vitamin E

Current Research and studies

Although there still is no real cure people and industries are investing millions into trying to find out what the problem is, exactly 209 million. The reason its so hard to find a cure is because the people who have this problem are missing a structural protein. Without the protein you cant gain muscle and cant repair or make up the muscle your losing.

How the disorder is inherited

The reason you see more boys with this disorder is because they have one x and girls carry a pair of x's and in order for a female to get the disorder both of the females x's have to have the mutation. In order for your son to get the disorder the dad has to have the disorder and the mother has to be a carrier. But even then its 50, 50.