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It is possible that the main title of the report Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), also known as Landouzy-Dejerine muscular dystrophy, is a neuromuscular disorder. Symptom onset usually occurs in adolescence or early adulthood; however, less commonly, symptoms may become apparent as early as infancy or early childhood.
The disorder is typically initially characterized by weakness of facial, shoulder, and/or upper arm muscles. Associated abnormalities may include an impaired ability to completely close the eyes, limited movements of the lips, and difficulties raising the arms over the head. Affected individuals may also eventually develop weakness and associated wasting (atrophy) of muscles of the hips and thighs and/or involvement of lower leg muscles.
Although the disease course may be variable, FSHD is most typically characterized by relatively slow disease progression. Specific symptoms and findings may also vary in range and severity, including among affected members of the same family (kindred).
FSHD is usually inherited as an autosomal dominant trait. However, in up to approximately 30 percent of affected individuals, there is no apparent family history of the disorder. In some of these cases, FSHD may be due to new genetic changes (mutations) that appear to occur spontaneously for unknown reasons (sporadically).
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
FSH Society, Inc.
64 Grove Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Muscular Dystrophy Association
3300 East Sunrise Drive
Tucson, AZ 85718-3208
Muscular Dystrophy Canada
2345 Yonge Street Suite 900
Ontario, M4P 2E5
Muscular Dystrophy Campaign
61 Southwark Street
London, SE1 0HL
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
P.O. Box 5801
Bethesda, MD 20824
Society for Muscular Dystrophy Information International
P.O. Box 7490
Nova Scotia, B4V 2X6
Muscular Dystrophy Association of New Zealand, Inc.
PO Box 16-238
Muscular Dystrophy Australia
111 Boundary Road
European Alliance of Neuromuscular Disorders Associations
MDG Malta 4
Gzira, GAR 04
Muscular Dystrophy Ireland
75 Lucan Road
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
PO Box 241956
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Queensland
PO Box 8022
Tel: (07) 3844 4600
Fax: (07) 3844 4601
Child Neurology Foundation
2000 West 98th Street
Bloomington, MN 55431
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