The importance of early diagnosis

While there is no cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, studies have shown that early diagnosis and care can help slow DMD progression and minimise the risks and complications of the disease.1-5

This means that patients may:1,2,5-8


Remain ambulatory for longer


Preserve their pulmonary and cardiac function longer

Have a better quality of life

Live Longer

It also means:

  • Parents of patients can have earlier access to genetic counselling, which can assist with family planning2
  • It may be possible to enroll the child in research-based registries and clinical trials of investigational treatments2

Your role in detecting DMD has never been more important

Prompt intervention is critical to help delay disease progression and help preserve muscle function for as long as possible.

Early diagnosis and care can help slow Duchenne muscular dystrophy progression and minimize the risks of complications of the disease.
If you see signs and symptoms of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, order a creatine kinase (CK) test – click here to learn more

1. van Ruiten HJ, et al. Arch Dis Child. 2014;99:1074–1077.
2. Birnkrant DJ, et al. Lancet Neurol. 2018;17:251–267 [Part 1].
3. Birnkrant DJ, et al. Lancet Neurol. 2018;17:347–361[Part 2].
4. Griggs RC, et al. Neurology. 2016;87:2123–2131.
5. Gloss D, et al. Neurology. 2016;86:465–472.
6. Mah JK. Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2016;12:1795–1807.
7. Merlini L, et al. Neuromuscul Disord. 2014;24:417–418.
8. Merlini L, et al. Muscle Nerve. 2012;45:796–802.

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