Clients with Disabilities - Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

- Sex-linked genetic disorder on X chromosome

- Only effects boys

- Delay in gross motor milestones

Symptoms of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

- Delay in achieving gross motor milestones such as walking

- Children walk with a wide waddling gait due to weakness in muscles around the hips

- Frequent falls

- Soon become tired

- Cannot stand without help

- cannot raise their arms

- Lower legs may appear muscular but are not due to increase in fatty tissue

- Spine may curve and cause a collapsed lung

Causes of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

- Mutation on a gene on chromosome X

- Boys will inherit the X chromosome from their mother and the Y chromosome from their father. If they inherit the faulty gene from their mother they will have the disease.

- If the boy inherits the unfaulty X chromosome they




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