Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy is a disorder characterized by weakness and atrophy in the muscles of the face, upper arms, and shoulders. Like other forms of muscular dystrophy, individuals with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy usually first exhibit symptoms during infancy or childhood, and the symptoms slowly worsen and spread to other parts of the body. Researchers know that a deletion in the D4Z4 gene on the end of chromosome 4 causes facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, but they also suspect that there are other genetic factors that contribute. Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy has no cure, but most individuals with the disorder have normal life spans.
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