Neuromuscular Diseases

St. Catherine Specialty Hospital physicians have a rich experience in diagnosing and treating patients with neuromuscular disease.

This term refers to the store there is which affect the peripheral nervous system which is composed of nerves, muscles and synapse is between them. The disorders of these parts cause issues ranging from being unable to lift the upper arm to inability to feel the heat of the stove.

Neuromuscular disorders include:

  • Neuropathies – most common disorders of the peripheral nervous system characterized by symptoms such as weakness, tingling and change of color and texture of the skin
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease) is a progressive disease of the motor neurons, which includes painless loss of function of muscles, as well as atrophy, and commonly disorders of swallowing and speech.
  • Myopathies are muscle disorders which cause weakness. It is usually prominent in the thighs and upper arm. Causes can include infection and poisoning.
  • Muscle dystrophies represent a class of progressive muscle disorders caused by genetic defects. Of dystrophy can start with muscle weakening closest to the trunk, fake muscle hypertrophy (tanning of the lower leg with fat tissue), motor instability, and can progress to severs muscle degradation and weakness of muscle contraction.
  • Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disease where blocking conduction from the nerves to the muscle occurs, thus disabling muscle contraction.

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