Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva

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Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva

FOP is a disease in which muscle and connective tissue gradually turn into bone therefore restricting movement. *

It is caused by a mutation in the ACVR1 gene, and it is inherited through an autosomal dominant pattern (one copy of the altered gene in each cell is sufficient to cause the disorder).

FOP targets muscle and connective tissues and causes them to gradually be replaced by bone. The muscles and connective tissues are the tissues that are responsible for helping to make movement possible.

For people who are suffering from FOP daily life can be a difficult struggle. Ordinary movements such as walking, or picking things up can be very challenging and eventually become impossible.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for FOP. However, certain precautions can be taken to ensure that no extra damage is inflicted. -Avoid deep tissue trauma*-Stabilize*-Take intubation precautions*-Consult expert doctors*

Symptoms include -injuries such as a fall or invasive medical procedures, may trigger episodes of muscle swelling and inflammation (myositis) followed by more rapid ossification in the injured area.-limited movement of the neck and shoulders, slow progression into the limbs and rest of body-malformed big toes at birth -scooting around on buttocks rather than crawling

Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva

FOP begins in the joints of the neck and shoulders and slowly spreads throughout the body as time passes.

Due to the replacement of tissue by bone, movement becomes nearly impossible and the people affected practically become living statues!

Ashley Kurpiel talks about living with FOP

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