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What are the treatment options for oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy?

Unfortunately, there's no cure for oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy. However, the right treatment may help reduce your symptoms. For difficulty swallowing, a professional specialist might be able to help you learn techniques for treating the problem, including adjusting the way you hold your head and adding thickeners to adjust the consistency of liquids. In more severe cases, surgery to insert a feeding tube may be needed. Droopy eyelids can be corrected through surgery or through devices called eyelid crutches, which are devices that are attached to glasses to hold up the eyelid. If weakness in leg or arm muscles is significant, braces or other assistive devices may be helpful.

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