Appropriate first-tier genetic test for diagnostic testing or carrier screening for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) or Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD); does not detect sequence variants. Recommended test for a known familial DMD large deletion or duplication previously identified in a family member.
Multiplex Ligation-dependent Probe Amplification
Within 14 days
New York DOH Approval Status
Lavender (EDTA), pink (K2EDTA), or yellow (ACD Solution A or B).
Transport 3 mL whole blood. (Min: 1 mL)
Preferred transport temp: Refrigerated. Also acceptable: Room temperature.
Room temperature: 1 week ; Refrigerated: 1 month; Frozen: Unacceptable
Background information for Duchenne/Becker Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) Deletion/Duplication:
Characteristics: Symptoms of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) usually begin before age 6 and include fatigue, learning difficulties, muscle weakness (beginning in legs and pelvis), progressive difficulty walking with wheelchair needed at approximately 12 years and breathing difficulties and heart disease by age 20 years. Symptoms of Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) are similar to DMD but start later and progress at a slower rate. Dilated cardiomyopathy has been observed in nearly all affected males and many female carriers of DMD and BMD.
Incidence: DMD: 1 in 3,500 male births, BMD: 1 in 19,000 male births.
Inheritance: X-linked; de novo mutations occur in one-third of cases.
Penetrance: Males: 100 percent. Females: Varies with X-chromosome inactivation.
Cause: Pathogenic DMD mutations.
Clinical Sensitivity: DMD: 55-75 percent, BMD: 75-90 percent.
Methodology: Multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) to detect large exonic deletions/duplications.
Analytical Sensitivity and Specificity: Greater than 99 percent.
Limitations: DMD base pair substitutions, small deletions/duplications, deep intronic, and regulatory region mutations will not be detected. Breakpoints for large deletions/duplications will not be determined. Diagnostic errors can occur due to rare sequence variation.
This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. It has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. This test was performed in a CLIA certified laboratory and is intended for clinical purposes.
Counseling and informed consent are recommended for genetic testing. Consent forms are available online.
Laboratory Developed Test (LDT)
|Component Test Code*||Component Chart Name||LOINC|
|2011236||Duchenne/Becker MD (DMD) DelDup Specimen||66746-9|
|2011237||Duchenne/Becker MD (DMD) DelDup Interp||21247-2|