Orofacial muscle weakness in FSHD: how are swallowing and communication affected?

Takeaway

  • Weakness of orofacial muscles, particularly the cheek muscle are associated with swallowing and communication difficulties in patients with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD).

Why this matters

  • Orofacial muscle weakness is a frequent and disabling symptom of FSHD, yet few studies have explored its functional and emotional effects on patients.