This table lists symptoms that people with this disease may have. For most diseases, symptoms will vary from person to person. People with the same disease may not have all the symptoms listed. This information comes from a database called the Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) . The HPO collects information on symptoms that have been described in medical resources. The HPO is updated regularly. Use the HPO ID to access more in-depth information about a symptom.
|Medical Terms||Other Names||
|80%-99% of people have these symptoms|
|Elevated serum creatine kinase||
Elevated blood creatine phosphokinase
Elevated circulating creatine phosphokinase
Elevated creatine kinase
Elevated serum CPK
Elevated serum creatine phosphokinase
High serum creatine kinase
Increased creatine kinase
Increased creatine phosphokinase
Increased serum CK
Increased serum creatine kinase
Increased serum creatine phosphokinase[ more ]
Lack of facial expression
Mask-like facial appearance[ more ]
|Skeletal muscle atrophy||
Muscle wasting[ more ]
|30%-79% of people have these symptoms|
|Abnormal eyelash morphology||
Abnormality of the eyelashes
Eyelash abnormality[ more ]
|Abnormal retinal vascular morphology||
Abnormality of retina blood vessels
Fullness of eyelids
Swelling of eyelids[ more ]
|Sensorineural hearing impairment||0000407|
|5%-29% of people have these symptoms|
|Abnormality of cardiovascular system morphology||0030680|
Swallowing difficulty[ more ]
|Percent of people who have these symptoms is not available through HPO|
|Abdominal wall muscle weakness||0009023|
|Calf muscle hypertrophy||
Increased size of calf muscles
Symptoms begin in childhood
Paralysis or weakness of muscles within or surrounding outer part of eye
|Exudative retinal detachment||0012231|
Mental retardation, nonspecific
Mental-retardation[ more ]
|Restrictive ventilatory defect||
Stiff lung or chest wall causing decreased lung volume
Winged shoulder blade
|Scapulohumeral muscular dystrophy||0008970|
|Shoulder girdle muscle atrophy||
Shoulder girdle muscle wasting
Shoulder-girdle muscle atrophy[ more ]
|Shoulder girdle muscle weakness||
Weak shoulder muscles
Signs and symptoms worsen slowly with time
Wasting of the tongue
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Related diseases are conditions that have similar signs and symptoms. A health care provider may consider these conditions in the table below when making a diagnosis. Please note that the table may not include all the possible conditions related to this disease.
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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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