Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common type of muscular dystrophy. Symptoms usually develop before age 5 years and can affect many parts of the body, including the heart and lungs. Here are some resources and additional information about DMD.


Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Overview​

Muscular dystrophies are a group of genetic disorders that result in a specific pattern of muscle weakness over time. Each type of muscular dystrophy is different from the others. It is important to get help as early as possible. Muscular dystrophy has no cure but acting early may help an individual with muscular dystrophy get the services and treatments he or she needs to lead a full life.

There are many kinds of muscular dystrophy, each affecting specific muscle groups, with signs and symptoms appearing at different ages, and varying in severity. Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common. It is marked by symptoms that develop usually before age 5 years, and can affect many parts of the body, including the heart and lungs.

The past decade has seen tremendous advances in the diagnosis and treatment for boys and men with DMD, with life expectancy improving from mid-teens to mid-twenties with the use of glucocorticoids, and beyond the third decade with ventilator support and multidisciplinary care.

Policy Statements and Clinical Reports

Motor Delays: Early Identification and Evaluation

Promoting Optimal Development: Identifying Infants and Young Children with Developmental Disorders Through Developmental Surveillance and Screening

Comprehensive Evaluation of the Child With Intellectual Disability or Global Developmental Delays

Education Series

The webinars in this 5-part education series focus on primary and specialty care for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Through this education series, pediatricians will be better informed about emerging therapies related to the care and management of patients with DMD. Further, they will be able to identify common issues affecting children with DMD. Finally, emphasis is placed on the valuable role of both primary care medical home and sub-specialty providers in coordinating effective treatment for patients with DMD.

Webinar 1: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Diagnosis, Primary Care and Emergency Room Care

Webinar 2: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Diagnosis, Neuromuscular, Rehabilitation, Orthopaedic, and Surgical Management (the muscle webinar)

Webinar 3: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Bone Health, Endocrine, gastrointestinal and nutritional management (the growth webinar)

Webinar 4: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Respiratory and Cardiac

Webinar 5: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Psychosocial and Transitions