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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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 It is caused by a mutation in a gene called the DMD gene, which encodes the muscle protein dystrophin. The disorder is inherited in an X-linked recessive manner. Becker muscular dystrophy is very similar to Duchenne muscular dystrophy, except that symptoms develop at a later age and progress at a much slower rate. In addition to the skeletal muscles used for movement, Becker muscular dystrophy may also affect the muscles of the heart. There is no known cure for this condition. Treatment tries to control symptoms to maximize quality of life.Becker muscular dystrophy is an inherited disorder that involves slowly worsening muscle weakness of the legs and pelvis.
Last updated: 11/18/2009
- Kaneshiro NK, Hoch DB. Becker's muscular dystrophy. MedlinePlus. 2008; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000706.htm. Accessed 11/18/2009.
- Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy. Genetics Home Reference (GHR). 2007; http://www.ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition=duchenneandbeckermusculardystrophy. Accessed 11/18/2009.
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