Overview

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) are types of neuromuscular disorders that affect the nerves and the muscles. Whilst both involve the DMD gene, Becker muscular dystrophy has a milder presentation.

Category

Cost

MLPA - Diagnostic/Carrier $450

Prenatal $600

Victorian Patients Only: State funding for Diagnostic, Carrier and Prenatal testing.

Reporting time

4 - 6 weeks (Diagnostic, Carrier)

4 days - 3 weeks (Prenatal)

Contacts

Dr Belinda Chong

Phone (03) 9936 6550

Specimen Requirements

EDTA blood: Adult: 2 x 5 ml

Child: 2 x 1-3 ml

Prenatal:

Amniotic Fluid 20ml

Chorionic Villus 20mg

Notes

Patient to be referred to a neurologist for diagnostic tests and to a genetics clinic for carrier/prenatal testing.

Blood Storage Requirements: Do not freeze. Store at 4°C or room temperature.

Genes tested