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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Overview of Neuromusc​​ular Disorders

There are many neuromuscular disorders that require care from a physician on the medical staff of Baylor Scott & White or other health care 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.
  • 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.
  • Myasthenia Gravis: Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a complex, autoimmune disorder in which antibodies destroy neuromuscular connections. It most often affects adults. MG sometimes can happen in children as well.

Read more information about neuromuscular disorder symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment.

Neuromuscular Di​​​sorders Treatment

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. Options may include:

  • Medication
  • Physical Therapy
  • Braces
  • Counseling
  • Thymectomy
  • Plasmapheresis
  • Clinical Trials (when appropriate)​​

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