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Becker muscular dystrophy


Other Names for this Disease
  • Becker's muscular dystrophy
  • Benign pseudohypertrophic muscular dystrophy
  • Muscular dystrophy pseudohypertrophic progressive, Becker type
  • Muscular dystrophy, Becker type
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Overview


Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) is an inherited condition that primarily affects males and causes progressive weakness and wasting of the skeletal and cardiac (heart) muscles.[1][2] The age of onset and rate of progression can vary among affected people. Muscle weakness usually becomes apparent between the ages of 5 and 15. In some cases, heart involvement (cardiomyopathy) is the first sign.[2] BMD is caused by a mutation in the DMD gene and is inherited in an X-linked recessive manner. BMD is very similar to Duchenne muscular dystrophy, except that symptoms begin later and progress at a slower rate.[1] There is no cure for this condition, and treatment aims to relieve symptoms to help quality of life.[3] People with BMD may survive into their 40s or beyond.[1]
Last updated: 3/5/2014

References

  1. Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy. Genetics Home Reference. February, 2012; http://www.ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/duchenne-and-becker-muscular-dystrophy. Accessed 3/5/2014.
  2. C Boulay, Brigitte Chabrol. Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy. Orphanet. August, 2007; http://www.orpha.net/consor/cgi-bin/OC_Exp.php?Lng=EN&Expert=262. Accessed 3/5/2014.
  3. Kaneshiro NK, Hoch DB. Becker's muscular dystrophy. MedlinePlus. 2008; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000706.htm. Accessed 11/18/2009.
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