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What is oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy?

Oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy is an inherited disease that generally causes muscle weakness in the eyelids and throat. In people with oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy, the genes that affect the function of certain proteins in the body are damaged, resulting in muscle weakness and other problems. The disease most commonly affects certain facial and throat muscles, but in some cases may affect other muscles in other places, such as the hips and thighs. Oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy most commonly affects adults over the age of 40.

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