It is known that upper extremity and respiratory functions affect quality of life of children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in late stage. However, the evidence for the relation of these functions in early stage is insufficient in literature. The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between upper extremity and respiratory functions in children with DMD in early stage. Fifteen children with DMD whose functional levels were ‘Level 1’ according to both brooke lower and upper extremity functional classifications was included in the study.

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