Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Myotonic Dystrophy Becker's

Characteristics of Becker's muscular dystrophy:

  • Slowly progressive muscle weakness.
  • Weakness is most common in the legs and pelvis.
  • Muscle weakness also occurs in the arms, neck, and other areas.
  • Symptoms usually develop between the ages of 7 and 26 years.
  • The heart muscle becomes weak in almost all cases.
  • Mental retardation may occur.
  • Deformities of the bones may occur.
  • Disability progresses slowly.
  • People with Becker's muscular dystrophy usually live longer than 40 years of age.

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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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