What is a female carrier? A carrier is a person who carries a genetic mutation in their genes. This mutation can be passed on to their children. In Duchenne, only females can be carriers because the mutation is located on the X chromosome. This means that while Duchenne is primarily found in males, it can affect females as well.
Understanding what it means to carry a genetic mutation can be confusing and often difficult to navigate. We created this helpful guide of empowering resources so carriers in our community can better advocate for themselves and their families. If you have any questions or need additional support, please reach out to us, and we will be happy to help in any way we can.
Resources for Female Carriers
A Leaflet for Women Who Know They Are, or Who Think They May Be, a Carrier for Duchenne or the Milder Form of Becker
Cardiac Care of Children with Dystrophinopathy and Females Carrying DMD-Gene Variations
Jett Foundation’s Women in Duchenne Panel discussion recorded on World Duchenne Awareness Day 2022.
Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease
Rare Disease Advisor
Article: Female Carriers of Duchenne Urged to Seek Early Treatment for Heart Problems
Duchenne and Becker Carriers: Evidence of Cardiomyopathy by Exercise and Cardiac MRI Testing
UMass Chan Medical
The Duchenne Program – UMass Clinical Care – includes Females with Dystrophinopathy
World Duchenne Organization
World Duchenne Organization’s WDAD Educational Event: Women and Duchenne
Resources from Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy
Pat Chats: Dr. Teresa Wang (UPenn) Discusses the Duchenne and Becker Carrier Clinic Pilot
First Results from PPMD/ Nationwide Carrier Study: Evidence of Cardiomyopathy by Exercise & Cardiac MRI
Carrier Archives: view all PPMD’s recent materials and events pertaining to female carriers.
Genetic Testing: Decode Duchenne Program
Meet Trina, Jett Foundation Resource Specialist
Trina was born and raised in a small, rural town in South Louisiana. Two of her three children are impacted by Duchenne. Trina brings a unique perspective to her new position as a mom and caregiver, but also as a patient having been diagnosed as a manifesting carrier/female with dystrophinopathy. As Jett Foundation’s Resource Specialist for Females in Duchenne, Trina will is responsible for managing Jett Foundation’s relationships with females impacted by Duchenne in the community. Her role assists in connecting women with resources and support as well as coordinating programs and events focused for this demographic within our Duchenne community.
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