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Our Neuromuscular Disease Services

The neuromuscular division at Brigham and Women's Hospital offers diagnostic evaluation and treatment for a full spectrum of diseases and disorders of the peripheral nervous system. We provide comprehensive care for patients with neuromuscular disorders through close collaboration with our colleagues in physiatry, surgery, cardiology, pulmonology, pain medicine, psychiatry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, and genetics. Faculty in the neuromuscular division frequently lead and participate in clinical trials of investigational therapies for neuromuscular disorders.

Motor Neuron Diseases

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Primary lateral sclerosis (PLS)
  • Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
  • Bulbospinal muscular atrophy (Kennedy's disease)
  • Post polio syndrome

Muscle Diseases

  • Inflammatory myopathies
    • Dermatomyositis (DM)
    • Polymyositis (PM)
    • Immune-Mediated Necrotizing Myopathy (IMNM)
    • Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM)
  • Muscular dystrophies
    • Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies
    • Fascioscapulohumeral dystrophy (FSHD)
    • Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD)
    • Myotonic dystrophy
    • Distal Myopathies
  • Metabolic myopathies
  • Mitochondrial myopathies (such as Kearns-Sayre syndrome, MERRF and MELAS)
  • Glycogen storage disease (such as McArdle's disease and Pompe disease)
  • Disorders of lipid metabolism (such as CPT2 deficiency)
  • Toxic myopathies (such as statin myopathies)
  • Congenital myopathies (such as nemaline myopathy and centronuclear myopathy)
  • Muscle channelopathies (such as periodic paralyses and myotonic congenita)

Nerve Disorders

  • Focal neuropathy (such as carpal tunnel syndrome and ulnar neuropathy)
  • Brachial plexopathy and lumbosacral plexopathy
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)
  • Multifocal motor neuropathy (MMN)
  • Peripheral neuropathies (such as diabetic neuropathy or chemotherapy induced neuropathy)
  • Small Fiber Neuropathy
  • Vasculitic neuropathies
  • Inherited neuropathies such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT)

Neuromuscular Junction Disorders

  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS)
  • Botulism


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