FSHD is one of the most common forms of Muscular Dystrophy
– FSHD affects 1 in every 7500 Australians – around 3000 people
– Estimated to affect around 1 million individuals globally.
– The actual number of people with FSHD is probably much higher because of misdiagnosis and a significant number of undiagnosed cases.
FSHD is hereditary – it is passed from parents to children
– Although about one in three people with FSHD have no prior family history of the disease.
The age of onset can range from infancy to late adulthood.
– Infantile FSHD can be very severe compared to the adult onset condition.
FSHD affects the skeletal muscles in the body.
– The extent and degree of muscle weakness is very variable.
– The progression of FSHD is highly variable. However, most people with FSHD develop noticeable muscle weakness by their 30s.