Becker muscular dystrophy
Other Names for this Disease
- Benign pseudohypertrophic muscular dystrophy
- Becker's muscular dystrophy
- Muscular dystrophy, Becker type
- Muscular dystrophy pseudohypertrophic progressive, Becker type
- Becker dystrophinopathy
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Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) 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. 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.
Last updated: 11/4/2015
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