Becker muscular dystrophy - Muscular Dystrophy Queensland

Becker muscular dystrophy

Becker muscular dystrophy is a condition that causes progressive weakness of the skeletal muscles and commonly affects the heart muscle, making cardiac problems a characteristic.

BMD is genetically inherited when affected genes are passed from the mother to the child or as the result of a spontaneous gene mutation at conception. BMD usually appears in boys but, in rare cases, girls can also be affected.



Usually the first symptoms of BMD manifest between 5 and 15 years of age but onset can be as late as 60 years of age. BMD involves the same gene as Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), affecting the production of a protein called dystrophin which is vital for muscle structure. The progression of BMD the condition is slower and not as predictable as DMD.

The muscles of the hips, pelvis, thighs, and shoulders are the first to be affected by weakness. The calves tend to be enlarged in those with BMD.

Becker Muscular Dystrophy Diagram

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