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Facial wasting for no known reason.
Oct 16, 2009

I am a 39 year old female who had sudden onset and rapid progressive severe wasting of the temporalis and massetter muscles. I've been thoroughly investigated and no one knows what caused this. Initially, they queried a type of muscular dystrophy but this has been ruled out. I was always very youthful in appearance but literally aged 15 years within a four week period. People now look at my strangely and I'm very self-conscious. Have you heard of this before? Would treatment similar to those used for HIV patients on anti-viral medications work for me? I am at such a loss and would appreciate your help.

Response from Dr. Pierone

I have never heard of anything like this and hopefully your doctors can figure it out. In the meanwhile, using facial fillers to improve your facial appearance certainly would be a reasonable option.

Good luck!



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