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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (Asia)

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Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a progressive form of muscular dystrophy that mostly occurs in boys. It is caused by mutation in a gene and can be inherited, or it can occur spontaneously.

The symptoms of Duchenne muscular dystrophy usually appear as early as 5 years old.Individuals who have Duchenne muscular dystrophy have progressive loss of muscle function and weakness, which begins in the lower limbs. Eventually this weakness spreads to the arms, neck, and other areas. Over time, muscles in the chest may also be affected, resulting in the need to rely on respiratory aids for breathing. While there is no known cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, treatment such as medications and therapy can slow the course of deterioration and improve quality of life.

These 'Speaking from Experience' video clips offer first-hand accounts from five people living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. They discuss the impact it has had on their lives and the ways they deal with the condition. This program was produced in partnership with Muscular dystrophy association of Singapore (MDAS).

Produced 2015 

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