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Genetic Testing for LGMD

Genetic Testing for LGMD

There are several programs in the U.S. that offer free, no-cost genetic testing to identify your LGMD subtype. Please talk with your doctor or genetic counselor to understand which program is right for you.

Detect Muscular Dystrophy - Invitae
Sponsored by Sarepta Therapeutics and offered in partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)
No-charge genetic testing for individuals suspected of having muscular dystrophy. The program includes an LGMD panel test for all subtypes. Tests can be ordered by you or your doctor. 
To learn more, visit
phone: 1-800-436-3037

The Lantern Project - PerkinElmer Genomics
Sponsored by Sanofi Genzyme
No-charge genetic testing offering an LGMD panel test that includes all LGMD subtypes. Tests can be ordered by your doctor only.
To learn more, visit
phone: 1-866-354-2910

Rare Genomes Project - The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Sponsored by the Jain Foundation and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)
Research project dedicated to diagnosis and gene discovery through whole genome sequencing for patients who have a diagnosis of LGMD but have not been genetically tested, or patients that have had prior genetic testing with negative or incomplete results.
To learn more, visit
phone: 1-617-714-7395

This is not an exhaustive list of testing options for LGMD. Other commercially available testing options through insurance or self-pay methods can be found at or



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