Clinical Diagnosis

Becker muscular dystrophy patients show normal growth and development in their early childhood. In BMD, affected men start to show disturbance of walking due to muscle weakness at 20s or over. He maintains to walk but his muscle strength gradually decreases. Dilated cardio-myopathy is sometimes an initial clinical sign for the diagnosis of BMD. The muscle weakness involved in BMD follows a mild downward course with patients living near normal lives.[1]

Serum creatine kinase (CK) is markedly increased. This marked elevation of serum CK is the most important hallmark for the diagnosis of BMD, but the level of elevation of serum CK is not so high compared to DMD. During the asymptomatic period, elevation of serum CK is the sole sign for BMD. Some BMD patients are identified accidentally because of elevations of AST or ALT which are commonly examined for liver function as serum CK elevation is accompanied with elevations of AST and ALT.

Becker muscular dystrophy should be included in the differential diagnosis of moderately elevated serum CK in males. Pathological examination of biopsied muscle consolidates the diagnosis of BMD.

Getting Started With Dumbbells

Getting Started With Dumbbells

The use of dumbbells gives you a much more comprehensive strengthening effect because the workout engages your stabilizer muscles, in addition to the muscle you may be pin-pointing. Without all of the belts and artificial stabilizers of a machine, you also engage your core muscles, which are your body's natural stabilizers.

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