Neuromuscular Disorders

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Neuromuscular disorders are a group of medical conditions in which muscles do not function as they should. This means you might be unable to control your movement. You may find your muscles are very weak.

We offer comprehensive expertise and treatments to help control neuromuscular disorders. Our board-certified experts can help you achieve the best quality of life.

About neuromuscular disorders

Neuromuscular disorders cause you to lose control of your movement. This often affects the eyes, mouth and limbs. The conditions affect nerves that allow communication between the muscles and the brain. These neurons become damaged or die, stopping communication and leaving muscles to weaken or waste away.

There are many types of neuromuscular disorders. This disease category includes many conditions that affect muscle function.

Our doctors treat neuromuscular disorders including:

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We also treat:

  • Myopathy
  • Myositis, including polymyositis and dermatomyositis
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Spinal muscular atrophy
  • Signs of neuromuscular disorder, like weakness and difficulty controlling muscles, can happen in childhood or adulthood. They often worsen over time. In some people, the cause is genetic. In others, it is caused by an autoimmune dysfunction. Symptoms include:

    • Weakness in limbs
    • Sensory changes
    • Muscle loss
    • Difficulty with balance
    • Inability to control movement
    • Tingling and numbness
    • Double vision
    • Drooping eyelids
    • Slurred speech
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Difficulty breathing
  • During your visit, our specialized neurologists perform a complete exam and take a full medical and family history. Doctors check reflexes and muscle strength. They may also order these diagnostic tests:

    • Blood tests
    • Lumbar puncture
    • Nerve conduction study to determine whether signals travel from nerve to muscle correctly
    • Magnetic resonance imaging scan of the brain
    • Electromyography to evaluate the electrical activity of the muscles
    • Genetic testing
    • Muscle biopsy, in which a muscle sample is taken and evaluated under a microscope

    Thanks to our partnership with the University of Kansas Medical Center, our neuromuscular disorder team is among the nation's most involved in clinical research and trials. Our patients benefit from the field's most advanced treatment options.

    While neuromuscular disorders are not curable, controlling symptoms is possible. Our experts use a variety of medications and therapies to help control symptoms. Patients often can work and enjoy their families, friends and hobbies, living full and normal lives.

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