A group of disorders characterized by a chronic motor and sensory
nerve damage and resulting in muscle weakness and atrophy often
associated with mild to moderate sensory loss, depressed tendon
reflexes, and high-arched feet.
A group of genetic, congenital muscle diseases generally
characterized by diminished muscle tone, progressive muscle weakness
and degeneration (atrophy), abnormally fixed joints, and delays in
reaching motor milestones such as sitting or standing unassisted.
Congenital myasthenic syndrome
Hereditary conditions resulting from a genetic defect at the
junction where the nerve stimulates muscle activity that result in
Inherited muscular disorders present at birth, including central
core disease, nemaline rod myopathy, and myotubular myopathy.
Duchenne is the most common childhood muscular dystophy and is
usually caused by a gene disorder, which results in progressive muscle weakness.
An inherited form of muscular dystrophy that initially affects
the skeletal muscles of the face, shoulders and upper arms. Skeletal
muscle weakness usually develops in other areas of the body as well.
Friedreich's ataxia (FA)
A rare inherited disease that causes nervous system damage and
movement problems. It usually begins in childhood and leads to
impaired muscle coordination (ataxia) that worsens over time.
A group of muscle diseases that involve inflammation of the muscles
or associated tissues, such as the blood vessels that supply the
muscles, leading to destruction of muscle tissue, weakness and
A progressive, inflammatory autoimmune condition characterized by
nerve numbing, tingling, pain, progressive muscle weakness, loss of
deep tendon reflexes, fatigue, and abnormal sensations.
Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome
A rare autoimmune disease caused by immune system attacks on muscle
tissue that leads to mobility issues and muscle weakness.
A chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease characterized by varying
degrees of weakness of the skeletal (voluntary) muscles of the body.
Myotonic muscular dystrophy
The most common form of muscular dystrophy in adults usually appears
any time from early childhood to adulthood; characterized by prolonged
spasm or stiffening of muscles after use.
Neuropathies associated with systemic diseases
A peripheral nerve condition resulting from a systemic disease, such
as diabetes. May affect nerve sensation, movement, gland or organ
function, and other aspects of health, depending on the type of nerve affected.
A genetic disease that affects the spinal cord and nerves, resulting
in muscle wasting and weakness.An autosomal recessive disease, both
both males and females are equally affected, and that two copies of
the gene, one inherited from each parent, are necessary to have the condition.
These and many other conditions are treated by our neuromuscular disorders team. Please call 650-723-6469 to inquire about a condition not listed here.
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