1. What is FSHD?


Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy, abbreviated either as FSH or FSHD, is an inherited disorder of muscle that causes progressive deterioration of muscle fibers resulting in muscle atrophy and weakness. It is one of many different forms of muscular dystrophy, each with a different genetic cause as well as different clinical symptoms, severity, and rate of progression. FSHD is the third most common form of muscular dystrophy after Duchenne muscular dystrophy and myotonic dystrophy.  FSHD affects approximately 1 in 20,000 individuals.

    1. What is FSHD?
    2. How is FSHD inherited?
    3. What are the Symptoms of FSHD?
    4. Does FSHD affect other parts of the body?
    5. Is infantile FSHD different from other forms of FSHD?
    6. What can someone with FSHD Expect as they age?
    7. How is FSHD Diagnosed?
    8. What causes FSHD?
    9. Are there any treatments for FSHD?

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