Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Patients Can Walk Longer With SteroidsDuchenne muscular dystrophy is a genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle wasting and weakness that begin with microscopic changes in the muscle. As muscles degenerate over time, the person’s muscle strength gradually declines. This disorder happens to one in every 3,500 boys between age nine and 11.

There is no definite cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, although corticosteroids or steroids can help children to walk longer by themselves, and reduce the risk of scoliosis.

Daily dose of steroids allow children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy to walk longer by at least 3.3 years – that is 91% of 143 boys who participated in the study. The benefits of this treatment come at a cost of its side effects including risk of vertebral and leg fractures.