Becker Muscular Dystrophy

Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

X-linked recessive. Clinically similar to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (can still produce some dystrophin) – but less severe, more protracted and less common (1/30-50 000 live male births) and later onset. Usually begins around 10-15 yrs.

Clinical features:
Usually able to walk until early adulthood – often live to 30’s. Progression is variable.
Associated with cardiac problems. Weakness  difficulty walking, climbing stairs and getting up from floor.

Cavus or equinus and toe walking is common. Often need AFO’s.
Weight training can increase strength and endurance.
Psu-dohypertrophy of calf muscles common

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