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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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Prognosis

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What is the long-term outlook for people with Becker muscular dystrophy?

Becker muscular dystrophy generally leads to slowly worsening disability, but the amount of disability can vary among affected people. Some men need a wheelchair, while others may only need walking aids such as canes or braces. The lifespan is often shorted due to heart disease and respiratory complications.[1] Most people with BMD survive well into mid- to late adulthood. If the effects of the condition on the heart are mild, or if they are adequately controlled with medical intervention, a person can have a normal or nearly normal life span.[2]
Last updated: 3/5/2014

References
  1. Becker Muscular Dystrophy. MedlinePlus. February 26, 2014; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000706.htm. Accessed 3/5/2014.
  2. Becker Muscular Dystrophy. Muscular Dystrophy Association. http://mda.org/disease/becker-muscular-dystrophy/overview. Accessed 3/5/2014.


Other Names for this Disease
  • Becker's muscular dystrophy
  • Benign pseudohypertrophic muscular dystrophy
  • Muscular dystrophy pseudohypertrophic progressive, Becker type
  • Muscular dystrophy, Becker type
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.