Facioscapulohumeral (FSH) muscular dystrophy is a genetic muscle-wasting condition that causes muscles to weaken and waste over time leading to increasing disability. It particularly affects the muscles of the limbs, shoulders and face. The symptom onset usually occurs in adolescence or early adulthood, however, less commonly, symptoms may become apparent as early as infancy or early childhood.
HOW IS FACIOSCAPULOHUMERAL MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY DIAGNOSED?
Genetic testing is the most common diagnostic method for Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy. Rheumatologists may order additional tests for determining nerve conduction velocity for confirming diagnosis. Another common test is muscle biopsy for evaluating the muscle status through biochemical tests
HOW IS FACIOSCAPULOHUMERAL MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY TREATED?
Physical therapy is one of the remedies suggested for Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy and if kids have contracted the condition, then they are recommended to undergo occupational therapy. Consuming internal medicines can also help in easing the discomfort but it cannot be completely cured.
DID YOU KNOW?
Around 2,000-2,500 people in the UK have FSH. Several generations of a family are often affected by the condition. It can be diagnosed at any age and can vary widely between individuals, even within the same family. One-third of those with the condition are unaware of the symptoms right into old age.