Kennedy's Disease Association

A Public Benefit, Non-Profit Organization

"Surfing the internet I found the KDA and for me it was like an island for a castaway. Thanks to them, I have a lighthouse to help find my way."

About Kennedy's Disease

Every few days a baby is born with this DNA defect

baby_boyThe defect is in the ‘X’ Chromosome and it makes testosterone almost a poison to the body. The disease is Spinal Bulbar Muscular Atrophy; more commonly known as Kennedy's Disease.

Since there is currently no treatment or cure for this defect, a boy will grow up not knowing when the disease will begin to attack his motor neurons and muscles. Often it begins with painful cramping and uncontrollable muscle spasms. Over time it will attack most of his muscles often making it difficult to even swallow liquids.

As the disease progresses, the motor neurons will begin to die and the muscles will waste away. Eventually, he will have mobility issues and might require a wheelchair. Many will be forced into early retirement and almost every one of them will worry about the financial welfare of his family. Pneumonia will become as feared to him as any disease because of his inability to clear the lungs of phlegm. If he becomes a father, he will live with the knowledge that his daughters are carriers of the defect and could pass it on to future generations of his family.

Even though the defective gene has less of a physical impact on females, they might also experience several of the symptoms later in life. 

Kennedy’s Disease Knows No Boundaries

It is passed on from generation to generation in families worldwide. Males generally inherit the disease symptoms and females are the carriers. This neuromuscular disease is frequently misdiagnosed; often as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.) 

Every day parents-to-be wonder whether their child will be born with this DNA defect

 

See What is Kennedy's Disease to learn more about this condition 

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