Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
What is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy?
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD)
is the most common of nine muscular dystrophy disorders, and is
characterized by progressive difficulty in walking and performing
everyday activities. This lack of mobility is due to an absence of
the protein dystrophin, causing muscles to deteriorate and break
down. For more information about Duchenne Muscular
Wallet Alert Cards
The Duchenne Foundation of
Australia has supplied the MDA NZ with their wallet alert cards
which are available now. All members with DMD should have recieved
one in the mail and new members will get one as part of the welcome
pack. If you require a wallet alert card please call 0800 800
3370800 800 337 FREE
or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The MDA is also going to create
a NZ specific version and we will send this out to all members with
DMD once this is available.
Please note that the Family Guide is available in several other
lanuages. For a list of what is available please click here.
| Click this image to be taken to more info about
the TREAT NMD app - Diagnosis and Mangement of
For more information about what is happening in the research
area have a look at the Treat-NMD website click here.
Creatine monohydrate is a dietary supplement widely used in the
body-building sector purported to cheaply increase muscle mass and
gain muscle strength. It's also been used by people with
neuromuscular conditions for the same reasons but with a question
mark over the evidence for its use. A practice brief, released by
the Australian Centre of Research Excellence in Neuromuscular
Disorders, supports the use of creatine in Duchenne muscular
dystrophy and says that a recent Cochrane review and meta-analysis
of dietary supplementation in DMD with creatine monohydrate have
provided high-quality evidence of improved muscle strength,
performance of activities of daily living, and patient/parent
perceptions of health in the short- and intermediate-term.
for more information and dosage
Not all muscles around a joint will weaken at the same time so
boys will develop compensatory postures and ways of walking. This
leads to tightening and ultimately shortening of these muscles. The
goal of stretching is to preserve function and maintain comfort.
The program of stretching will be monitored by the physiotherapist
but needs to become part of the family's daily routine. Have a look
at this important information provided by Parent Project with
regards to stretches and
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the vaccination page.
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Check out the support groups page to see what is
available in your area.
Report by Dr Günter Scheuerbrandt PhD about exon skipping
therapy for boys with DMD:
Dystrophin protein is needed for healthy muscle cell
function. A genetic fault in the code for this protein means that
there is little or no protein manufactured and the
muscle cells are easily damaged. This damage builds up over time
and leads to the muscle weakness experienced in DMD. Image sourced
This page was reviewed 19 Feb 2016