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Signs of Duchenne

If a boy has a combination of the traits listed below, he should be tested for Duchenne:

  • Gower ManeuverHas a hard time lifting his head or has a weak neck
  • Is not walking by 15 months
  • Has a hard time walking, running, or climbing stairs
  • Is not speaking as well as other kids his age
  • Needs help getting up from the floor or walks his hands up his legs in order to stand (see Gower Maneuver, right)
  • Has calves that look bigger than normal (pseudohypertophy)
  • Walks with his legs apart
  • Walks on his toes and waddles
  • Walks with his chest pointed out (or has a sway back, saddle back, or hollow back)

These are the common signs of Duchenne. Learn more about How Duchenne is Identified, or view our page on the Stages of Duchenne for information about its progression.

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