Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH MD)

What is Facioscapulohumeral Dystrophy?

Facioscapulohumeral dystrophy (FSH), is the third most common of nine muscular dystrophy disorders, affecting approximately 1 in 20,000 caucasions. The term Facioscapulohumeral uses three Latin words to describe the characteristic features of the disorder. Facio means face, scapula means shoulder blade, and humerous is Latin for the upper arm. Muscular dystrophy refers to muscle weakness and wasting. Thus, in FSH the muscles typically affected are those of the face, shoulder blade and upper arms. For more information about Facioscapulohumeral Dystrophyclick here.

Research Information

Please click here to see a recent publication regarding using Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium and Zinc to improve skeletal muscle function in people with FSHD. Although these are promising results, it is important to note that this is not a cure, and taking any vitamins and minerals without consulting a health care professional about the correct dose and form, can be harmful.

Useful Websites

USA -  http://www.fshsociety.org