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    What are the symptoms of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy?

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  • Dr Ryan Hislop


    Dr Ryan Hislop, Chiropractor is situated in Mudgee with the team from Chiropractic Health and Wellness Centre. He has a special interest in sports chiropractic … View Profile

    The major symptoms of FSHD is the progressive weakening and loss of skeletal muscles. A common presentation finds early weakness of the eye muscles (opening and closing eyes), the mouth and the scapulae stabalisers.  

    Although everyone is different, progression is usually slow and may involve further weakness of muscles such as the foot, hip girdle and abdomen. For reasons which are unknown, sufferes will most often have an weakness that is greater on one side than the other. 

    Initial signs of FSHD include difficulty reaching above shoulder level, scapular winging and facial weakness. Changes in abdominal muscle strength may lead to what is known as a Beevor's sign, which is very specific for FSHD. 

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