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Neuromusc​​ular Disorders

Neuromuscular disorders cause your muscle to become weak and deteriorate

Neuromuscular disorders affect your neuromuscular system, which include your muscles, nerves and the coordination between muscles and nerves.

Many neuromuscular disorders are genetic or caused by gene mutation. Others are considered autoimmune diseases. In some cases, the cause is unknown.

Symptoms may include:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Muscle twitching
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain
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Neuromusc​​ular disorders we treat
There are many neuromuscular disorders that require care from a physician on the medical staff of Baylor Scott & White or other healthcare professional, including:
Spinal Musc​ular Atrophy
Spinal muscular atrophy is a genetic disease that affects the motor neurons in the spinal cord, resulting in muscle wasting and weakness.
Myasthenia Gravis
Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a complex autoimmune disorder in which antibodies destroy neuromuscular connections. It most often affects adults but can sometimes affect children as well.​
Muscular Dystrophy
Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a broad term that describes a genetic (inherited) disorder of the muscles. Muscular dystrophy causes the muscles in the body to become very weak. The muscles break down and are replaced with fatty deposits over time.

Neuromuscular disorders treatment options

 

There is no cure for any of these neuromuscular disorders, but the symptoms can sometimes be controlled. Your physician on the medical staff at Baylor Scott &​ White is here to help decide the right treatment option for you.

Treatment plans for patients will be determined by their care team based on age, medical history, type and stage of neuromuscular disorder and personal preferences.

  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Braces
  • Counseling
  • Thymectomy
  • Plasmapheresis
  • Clinical trials (when appropriate)​​
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