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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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 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. 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. There is no cure for this condition, and treatment aims to relieve symptoms to help quality of life. People with BMD may survive into their 40s or beyond.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.
Last updated: 3/5/2014
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- 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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