Muscular dystrophy (MD) refers to a group of hereditary muscle disorders in which muscles lose strength over time. Signs and symptoms may be noted at any stage in life from birth to adulthood. Muscular dystrophy can affect a variety of different muscles and, in some cases, involve other organ systems. While there is no cure for muscular dystrophy, it is important to have a thorough neurological evaluation to make sure the diagnosis is correct and ensure that up-to-date managment practices are implemented.

Diagnosing Muscular Dystrophy

Diagnosis of muscular dystrophy involves a series of tests and evaluations. A thorough evaluation of symptoms and medical history, as well as a detailed neurological exam will be conducted in addition to other diagnostic tests. These diagnostic tests may include blood tests (encompassing genetic or DNA testing if indicated), electromyography, exercise testing and muscle biopsy.

Muscular Dystrophy Treatments

Comprehensive treatment for muscular dystrophy at Emory involves the latest medications, multidisciplinary care, therapy and other tools to help improve the quality of life in patients diagnosed with MD.

The Neuromuscular Division of the Department of Neurology consists of physicians, nurses, and technical staff that focus on patients with neuromuscular diseases such as muscular dystrophy, diseases of peripheral nerves, muscles and the neuromuscular junction.