5. The condition primarily affects male children.
4. About 1 in 3,600 male babies will inherit the disorder and about 1 in 1,400 may develop the condition spontaneously.
3. Mothers with a defective dystrophin gene have a 50% chance of giving birth to a boy with DMD, as well as a 50% chance of having a girl with the gene mutation.
2. Symptoms typically appear before age 6, but can present in early infancy.
1. At this time, there is no known cure for the disease.
Jill Hechtman, MD
Medical Director: Tampa Obstetrics
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