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Only comments seeking to improve the quality and accuracy of information on the Orphanet website are accepted. For all other comments, please send your remarks via contact us. Only comments written in English can be processed. Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy FSHD is characterized by progressive muscle weakness with focal involvement of the facial, shoulder and limb muscles.

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Submit a new question. Is stem cell therapy being successfully used to treat people with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy FSHD? Should people with FSHD exercise? If so, how often and how intensely? Does drinking alcoholic beverages quicken the progression of FSHD? Is there a pharmaceutical drug to slow down the progression? See answer. National Institutes of Health.

COVID is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. Menu Search Home Diseases Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy. You can help advance rare disease research! Title Other Names:. This disease is grouped under:. Muscular dystrophy. Summary Summary. Symptoms Symptoms. Showing of 29 View All. Elevated blood creatine phosphokinase. Elevated circulating creatine phosphokinase. Elevated creatine kinase. Elevated serum CPK. Elevated serum creatine phosphokinase. High serum creatine kinase.

Increased CPK. Increased creatine kinase. Increased creatine phosphokinase. Increased serum CK. Increased serum creatine kinase. Increased serum creatine phosphokinase. Prominent swayback. Expressionless face. Lack of facial expression. Mask-like facial appearance. Muscle degeneration. Muscle wasting. Abnormal eyelashes. Abnormality of the eyelashes. Eyelash abnormality. Abnormality of retina blood vessels.

Fullness of eyelids. Puffy eyelids. Puffy lids. Swelling of eyelids. Poor swallowing. Swallowing difficulties. Swallowing difficulty. Increased size of calf muscles. Symptoms begin in childhood. Paralysis or weakness of muscles within or surrounding outer part of eye.

Bell's palsy. Mental deficiency. Mental retardation. Mental retardation, nonspecific. Winged shoulder blade. Shoulder girdle muscle wasting.

Shoulder-girdle muscle atrophy. Weak shoulder muscles. Signs and symptoms worsen slowly with time. Wasting of the tongue. Do you have more information about symptoms of this disease?

We want to hear from you. Do you have updated information on this disease? Find a Specialist Find a Specialist. Healthcare Resources To find a medical professional who specializes in genetics, you can ask your doctor for a referral or you can search for one yourself. Related Diseases Related Diseases. Conditions with similar signs and symptoms from Orphanet. Differential diagnosis mainly includes limb-girdle muscular dystrophy but also neuromuscular diseases presenting with scapular winging as glycogen storage disease due to acid maltase deficiency, late-onset, endocrine myopathy, inclusion body myopathy with Paget disease of bone and frontotemporal dementia see these terms , proximal neuropathies or neuronopathies.

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