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What causes oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy?

Oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy is caused by a defective gene that's passed down from parents to children. This mutation causes a problem with the development and function of a certain protein that's used in cells throughout the body. Because of this problem with the protein, certain muscle cells don't function properly. This leads to muscle weakness, most commonly in the face, eyelids, and throat, but sometimes in the upper thighs and hips, as well.

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