Is it Duchenne?

Signs of Duchenne

The average age of a Duchenne diagnosis is around 4 years old. Many times there will be delays in early developmental milestones such as sitting, walking, and/or talking. Speech delay and/or the inability to keep up with peers will often be the first signs of the disorder. The symptoms of Becker can begin in childhood, the teenage years, or even later. Learn more about the Signs and Symptoms of Duchenne.


Having an accurate, timely diagnosis is a critical aspect of care. There are reliable tests to help confirm a the diagnosis of a person with Duchenne. Learn more about the tests typically used to confirm a preliminary diagnosis.

Genetic Testing

Genetic testing (using blood cells or muscle cells) is the best way to obtain exact genetic information for a conclusive Duchenne diagnosis. DNA-based genetic testing is used to find mutations in the gene that Duchenne. Learn more about Genetic Testing.

PPMD’s Free Genetic Testing Program

PPMD has a genetic testing program called Decode Duchenne that provides FREE genetic testing to eligible individuals. We believe that everyone affected with Duchenne needs and deserves genetic testing. The application and testing process is fast and easy, and includes interpretation of results and counseling. Learn more about PPMD’s Decode Duchenne program.

Genetic Counseling

Genetic counseling is defined as the process of helping people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological, and family implications of a genetic disease. Genetic counseling is usually done by a board-certified genetic counselor with master’s level training in genetic counseling, or by a geneticist (a doctor who specializes in genetics). Learn more about Genetic Counseling.

PPMD’s Certified Genetic Counselors

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy’s Decode Duchenne program features board-certified genetic counselors who have expertise in Duchenne and are available to answer your questions. Learn more about Decode Duchenne and contact a genetic counselor.