This table lists symptoms that people with this disease may have. For most diseases, symptoms will vary from person to person. People with the same disease may not have all the symptoms listed. This information comes from a database called the Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) . The HPO collects information on symptoms that have been described in medical resources. The HPO is updated regularly. Use the HPO ID to access more in-depth information about a symptom.
|Medical Terms||Other Names||
|80%-99% of people have these symptoms|
|Abnormal urinary color||
Abnormal urinary colour
Abnormal urine color[ more ]
|Difficulty climbing stairs||
Difficulty walking up stairs
Difficulty in walking
|Elevated serum creatine phosphokinase||
Elevated blood creatine phosphokinase
Elevated circulating creatine phosphokinase
Elevated creatine kinase
Elevated serum CPK
Elevated serum creatine kinase
High serum creatine kinase
Increased creatine kinase
Increased creatine phosphokinase
Increased serum CK
Increased serum creatine kinase
Increased serum creatine phosphokinase[ more ]
Muscle pain[ more ]
|30%-79% of people have these symptoms|
|Elevated hepatic transaminase||
High liver enzymes
Tiredness[ more ]
|5%-29% of people have these symptoms|
Flat foot[ more ]
|Skeletal muscle atrophy||
Muscle wasting[ more ]
|Percent of people who have these symptoms is not available through HPO|
Symptoms begin in adulthood
Abnormal heart rate
Heart rhythm disorders
Irregular heart beat
Irregular heartbeat[ more ]
|Calf muscle pseudohypertrophy||0003707|
Disease of the heart muscle
Decreased reflex response
Decreased reflexes[ more ]
Exams in a person with BMD may reveal:
Laboratory tests that help confirm the diagnosis include:
If you need medical advice, you can look for doctors or other healthcare professionals who have experience with this disease. You may find these specialists through advocacy organizations, clinical trials, or articles published in medical journals. You may also want to contact a university or tertiary medical center in your area, because these centers tend to see more complex cases and have the latest technology and treatments.
If you can’t find a specialist in your local area, try contacting national or international specialists. They may be able to refer you to someone they know through conferences or research efforts. Some specialists may be willing to consult with you or your local doctors over the phone or by email if you can't travel to them for care.
You can find more tips in our guide, How to Find a Disease Specialist. We also encourage you to explore the rest of this page to find resources that can help you find specialists.
Related diseases are conditions that have similar signs and symptoms. A health care provider may consider these conditions in the table below when making a diagnosis. Please note that the table may not include all the possible conditions related to this disease.
Conditions with similar signs and symptoms from Orphanet
Differential diagnosis includes the limb girdle muscular dystrophies, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, malignant hyperthermia and metabolic muscle diseases (see these terms).
Visit the Orphanet disease page for more information.
Research helps us better understand diseases and can lead to advances in diagnosis and treatment. This section provides resources to help you learn about medical research and ways to get involved.
Support and advocacy groups can help you connect with other patients and families, and they can provide valuable services. Many develop patient-centered information and are the driving force behind research for better treatments and possible cures. They can direct you to research, resources, and services. Many organizations also have experts who serve as medical advisors or provide lists of doctors/clinics. Visit the group’s website or contact them to learn about the services they offer. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement by GARD.
Living with a genetic or rare disease can impact the daily lives of patients and families. These resources can help families navigate various aspects of living with a rare disease.
These resources provide more information about this condition or associated symptoms. The in-depth resources contain medical and scientific language that may be hard to understand. You may want to review these resources with a medical professional.
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What is the incidence of this disorder? See answer
My son was just diagnosed with BMD, he has always been a little slow in school and has a real hard time learning new things. Does BMD affect learning? See answer
Knowing that Becker's can occur at any time up until the person is 30, can a teen do strenuous exercises to possibly help prevent Becker's from becoming active later in life? If not, can strenuous exercises at least slow down the process of Becker's completely wiping out one's ability to use their muscles as they could before the process even started? See answer
I am a physician who frequently sees patients with Becker muscular dystrophy. Can you provide me with patient-friendly information about this condition? See answer