Popeye arm deformity

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Popeye arm deformity

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Popeye arm


A descriptive term for the limb changes of facioscapulohumeral muscle dystrophy 1 (Landouzy-Déjérine muscular dystrophy, OMIM:158900), so named for the thinness of the upper arms due to humeral muscle atrophy and pseudohypertrophy or preservation of the forearm musculature, which has been fancifully likened to the appearance of the upper and lower arms of Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon first popularised in the 1930s.

The deformity may be accompanied by involvement of facial muscles, “winging” of scapula, incomplete eye closure, inability to whistle or raise the arms above the head. 

Reference NEJM 1994; 330:548cpc  


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