oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy

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oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy

Abbreviation: OPMD
A rare form of muscular dystrophy in which muscles that control the eyelids and swallowing are primarily affected. Ptosis and dysphagia beginning in the patient's late 40s or early 50s are characteristic symptoms. Weakness in the limbs often follows. The disease occurs most often in French-Canadian or Hispanic kindreds.
See also: dystrophy
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Oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy (OPMD)

This type of muscular dystrophy affects adults of both sexes, causing weakness in the eye muscles and throat.
Mentioned in: Muscular Dystrophy
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