Welcome to Take on Duchenne

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a severe, progressive and rare genetic childhood muscle-wasting disease1–4 where achieving a timely diagnosis is critical to delay disease progression and maintain quality of life.

This website provides educational resources to support healthcare professionals recognise the early signs and symptoms of DMD, diagnose and help manage patients in clinical practice. Here you will also find support materials and resources for your practice and for your patients.

1. McDonald CM, et al. Muscle Nerve. 2013:48;343–356.
2. Goemans N, et al. Eur Neurol Rev. 2014:9;78–82.
3. van Ruiten HJ, et al. Arch Dis Child. 2014;99:1074–1077.
4. Birnkrant DJ, et al. Lancet Neurol. 2018:17;251–267.

Filter by topic
HCP resources
Diagnosis
Signs & symptoms
Burden
Muscular dystrophy
Neuromuscular disorders
Management
Pharmacological therapy
Carriers
Genetic testing
Diagnosis; Creatine kinase (CK)
Patient resources
Patients
Resources
Creatine kinase (CK)
E-Learning
Meetings & events
Publications
Guidelines
Dystrophin
Genetics
Inheritance
Pathophysiology
Prevalence
Genetic counselling
More
did you know icon

DID YOU KNOW..?

GPs are a first point of contact for concerned parents and they can be a driving force behind a successful diagnostic journey

References

Birnkrant DJ, et al. Lancet Neurol. 2018;17:445–455. Noritz GH, et al. Pediatrics. 2013;131:e2016–e2027.

Hear Jennifer Wallace Valdes and Doug Levine discuss the role of physiotherapy in the maintenance of mobility and function in DMD

Learn more

Listen to Dr Annemieke Aartsma-Rus's expert opinion on genetic diagnosis in Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Learn more

Expert insights: Dr Luca Bello's expert opinion on identifying the key signs and symptoms of Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Learn more

Learn about a mother's account of family life after receiving a Duchenne muscular dystrophy diagnosis for her son

Learn more

Expert insights: Dr Luca Bello's expert opinion on reaching a Duchenne muscular dystrophy diagnosis from initial suspicion

Learn more
did you know icon

DID YOU KNOW..?

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a progressive disease that presents in early childhood and requires an accurate and early diagnosis to avoid life-threatening complications

References

Birnkrant DJ, et al. Lancet Neurol. 2018;17:251–267.

Signs and symptoms: Recognising the early signs and symptoms of Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Learn more

Duchenne muscular dystrophy: Learn what Duchenne muscular dystrophy is and how it progresses

Learn more

Neuromuscular disorders: Learn about signs, symptoms and causes

Learn more

Neuromuscular disorders: An introduction

Learn more

Expert insights: Dr Damjam Osredkar's expert opinion on diagnosis and management of Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Learn more
did you know icon

DID YOU KNOW..?

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is one of the most common and severe forms of muscular dystrophy  

References

National Institutes of Health. Muscular dystrophy. Available at: https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/factsheets/540 [last accessed November 2020]. Van Ruiten HJ, et al. Arch Dis Child. 2014;99:1074–1077.

Carrier testing: Learn about the importance of carrier screening

Learn more

Diagnosis: Learn about the importance of early diagnosis

Learn more

Neuromuscular disorders: Learn about the 'red flag' signs and symptoms

Learn more

Patient resources: a variety of educational materials designed for patients and families

Learn more

Expert insights: Prof. Ros Quinlivan's expert opinion on Duchenne muscular dystrophy symptoms, diagnosis and management

Learn more
did you know icon

DID YOU KNOW..?

The most common forms in children, Duchenne and Becker, affect approximately 1 in every 5,600 to 7,700 males ages 5 to 24

Genetic diagnosis: Learn about the importance of genetic testing in diagnosis

Learn more

Creatine kinase (CK): A guide to CK testing and interpreting the results

Learn more

Neuromuscular disorders: What to do if you suspect a neuromuscular disorder

Learn more

RCPCH e-Learning module: Recognising neuromuscular disorders

Learn more

Meetings and events: Upcoming International (or local) Congresses and Events

Learn more

Educational materials: Comic books for children and caregivers explaining Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Learn more

Online resources: Find out more about educational websites for patients and families

Learn more

Publications: Read some of the latest scientific and clinical research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Learn more

HCP resources: Duchenne muscular dystrophy materials for your practice

Learn more

Expert insights: Listen to Dr Luca Bello's expert opinion on reaching a diagnosis and managing Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Learn more

HCP resources: International Duchenne Care Considerations

Learn more

Pharmacological therapy: Learn more about treatment with glucocorticoids

Learn more

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) management: Learn more about pharmacological treatments in the management of DMD

Learn more

Aetiology and genetics: Learn how Duchenne muscular dystrophy is inherited

Learn more

Aetiology and genetics: Learn what types of mutations cause Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Learn more

Aetiology and genetics: Learn what causes Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Learn more

Carriers of Duchenne muscular dystrophy: Learn about symptoms and care

Learn more

Aetiology and genetics: Learn how common Duchenne muscular dystrophy is

Learn more

Find out which clinical specialties are involved in a Duchenne muscular dystrophy care team

Learn more

Duchenne muscular dystrophy management: Read bitesize summaries of standard of care guidelines

Learn more

Genetic counselling: How it can help families affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Learn more
Our Use of Cookies

In addition to cookies that are necessary to operate this website, we use optional cookies to provide website functionality and give you the best possible experience. We won't set optional cookies unless you enable them. For more detailed information see our Cookie Statement , which explains among others, how to set your cookie preferences and how to recall your consent.

Cookie Settings

Some cookies are essential, others help us improve your experience by providing insights into how the website is used. Select the cookie types listed below, and then save your preferences. Refer to our Cookie Statement for more information.

Strictly Necessary cookies
Strictly necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility.

I accept the advertising/targeting cookies
Advertising/targeting cookies, which we use to track user activity and sessions so that we can deliver a more personalized service, and (in the case of advertising cookies) which are set by the third parties with whom we execute advertising campaigns and allow us to provide advertisements relevant to you.