Neuromuscular Disorders

Neuromuscular disorders are characterized by progressive deterioration of muscle strength that vary according to genetic, symptomatic, and prognostic characteristics.1

The age of onset, symptoms and pattern of inheritance varies depending on the type of muscular dystrophy.2

If you suspect that one of your patients may have a neuromuscular disorder, do you know what the next steps would be?

  1. National Institutes of Health. Muscular dystrophy. Available at: https://www. [last accessed November 2020].
  2. Theadom A, et al. Neuroepidemiology. 2014;43:259–268.
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Children demonstrating red flag signs and symptoms such as significant development delay could have Duchenne  muscular dystrophy


Birnkrant DJ, et al. Lancet Neurol. 2018;17:251–267. National Task Force for Early Identification of Childhood Neuromuscular Disorders. Guide for primary care providers. Available at: [last accessed November 2020].

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