Gastrointestinal and genitourinary symptoms in facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy: Prevalence and impact

  • Published on 09/02/2024
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Michael R. Cole MD 1, Christopher S. Cooper MD 2, Eyad M. Hanna MD, MME 1, M. Bridget Zimmerman PhD 3, June Kinoshita BA 4, Katherine D. Mathews MD 1

1 Department of Pediatrics University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa City Iowa USA
2 Department of Urology University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa City Iowa USA
3 Department of Biostatistics University of Iowa College of Public Health Iowa City Iowa USA
4 FSHD Society Randolph Massachusetts USA


Introduction/Aims Anecdotally, patients with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) describe gastrointestinal (GI) and genitourinary (GU) symptoms. We explored the prevalence of GI and GU symptoms and their impact on quality of life (QOL) in people with FSHD compared to healthy household controls.
Methods In this descriptive, cross‐sectional study, we emailed a survey exploring GI and GU symptoms to all FSHD Society patient contacts (n = 3507)....


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