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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy


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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

About this test

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is one of more than 20 types of muscular dystrophy.

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is caused by faults in genes (the units of inheritance that parents pass on to their children) and it causes progressive muscle weakness because muscle cells break down and are gradually lost.

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a very serious condition. Most affected boys develop the first signs of difficulty in walking at the age of 1 to 3 years and are usually unable to run or jump like their peers, they often struggle to climb stairs and need to use a banister for support. Rising from the floor can also prove difficult.

Once a child with DMD has been born in a family, it is often possible to offer prenatal diagnosis in future pregnancies, either for the mother or for other women who are found to be at risk of being carriers. This is normally possible when DNA studies give precise information that allows the status of the foetus to be identified.

How it works

Collect Sample

We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.

Post Sample

Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.

View Results

View results securely in your own personal dashboard.

Important Information

Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.

Blood sample collection kit

We will send you your Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy blood test sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.

Postage & packaging

Your Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.

Private laboratory analysis

Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.

Interpretation of results

Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy test results can be downloaded for your doctor.

Secure online account with

Once you have placed your order you will receive login details to where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy test results.

Health and Lifestyle tracker

Stay motivated by filling in your online health and lifestyle questionnaire and seeing how improvements in your lifestyle can influence your test results. Your medical and family history gives us vital information when interpreting your results.

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