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Can genetic tests help in the diagnosis of muscular dystrophy?

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Doctors may test a sample of your child's blood to look for the genes that cause muscular dystrophy. Genetic tests can help diagnose the condition, but they’re also important for people with a family history of the disease who are planning to start a family. You can talk with your doctor or a genetics counselor to find out what the results of this test mean for you and your children.

From: Muscular Dystrophy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Facts About Muscular Dystrophy," "Treatment and Care."

FDA News Release. "FDA grants accelerated approval to first drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Muscular Dystrophy Information Page."

News release, Children's National Medical Center.

NHS: "Causes of muscular dystrophy."

NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: "What are the types of muscular dystrophy?" "How is muscular dystrophy diagnosed?" "What are the treatments for muscular dystrophy?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 25, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Facts About Muscular Dystrophy," "Treatment and Care."

FDA News Release. "FDA grants accelerated approval to first drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Muscular Dystrophy Information Page."

News release, Children's National Medical Center.

NHS: "Causes of muscular dystrophy."

NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: "What are the types of muscular dystrophy?" "How is muscular dystrophy diagnosed?" "What are the treatments for muscular dystrophy?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 25, 2018

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