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?
The condition is a case of rheumatology. The most reliable test of this condition is a test to identify the missing section of DNA in chromosome 4. This DNA test on blood cells is most relevant and highly accurate. A nerve velocity test may also be recommended.
HOW IS FACIOSCAPULOHUMERAL MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY TREATED?
The treatment of FSHD is directed toward the specific symptoms that are apparent in each individual. Such treatment may require the coordinated efforts of a team of medical professionals, such as physicians who specialize in the treatment of neurological disorders (neurologists), physicians who diagnose and treat disorders of the skeleton, joints, muscles, and related tissues (orthopedists), physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatrists), specialists who assess and treat hearing problems (audiologists), and/or other healthcare professionals.
DID YOU KNOW?
You can reduce the impact of Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy by eating healthy food and staying active.