Medical Procedures

A research study of the use of the CoughAssist machine is open to children and teens with Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy or Bethlem myopathy

posted on February 14, 2014 - 11:59am
Children and adolescents with Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy or Bethlem myopathy are invited to participate in a study of a daily breathing treatment regimen using a brand-name device called a CoughAssist.

The annual BMD conference, held in Baltimore and streamed live online, is centered on the theme ‘optimizing the lived experience of BMD’

posted on August 22, 2013 - 12:31pm
MDA and John Hopkins Medicine will present the 2013 national Becker Muscular Dystrophy Conference Saturday, August 24, in Baltimore. Free to all participants with BMD and their family and friends, the conference can be attended in person or online.

One-hour webinar, ‘Straightening the Growing Spine,” describes bracing and surgery options for children with a spinal curvature caused by a neuromuscular disorder

posted on January 25, 2013 - 10:23am
A one-hour, MDA-sponsored webinar features two physicians and the parent of a child with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) who has undergone bracing and surgery for a spinal curvature, as well as questions and answers from listeners.

In the past, children with rapidly progressive neuromuscular scoliosis often underwent growth-stopping spinal fusion. Today, there are more options.

posted on January 7, 2013 - 10:51am
Quest Vol. 20, No. 1
Payton Mueller's parents knew something was amiss by the time he was 9 months old.

A physical therapist discusses changes in equipment and activities that spine-straightening surgery will likely require

posted on January 7, 2013 - 9:27am
Quest Vol. 20, No. 1
Tina Duong, a physical therapist at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., sees many children with neuromuscular disorders who undergo spine-straightening surgery.

Treatments such as noninvasive mechanical ventilation, ACE inhibitors and corticosteroids have modified the natural disease course of Duchenne MD, leading to increased life span 

posted on November 19, 2012 - 5:00am
Findings from a study of 516 Italian boys show a significant improvement over the last six decades in survival time in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). This modified natural history (general disease course) of DMD, the study team reported, stems from the application of a comprehensive therapeutic approach that emphasizes respiratory and cardiac (heart) care.

A 29-year-old man with Duchenne MD has received a device to assist his heart's pumping ability

posted on October 16, 2012 - 4:17pm
A left ventricular assist device (LVAD), which helps the heart pump blood throughout the body, was implanted in the chest of a young man with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in September. The patient is 29-year-old Jason Williams, of Peebles, Ohio.

'Best practices' for treating various neuromuscular diseases are described in this third and final report on MDA's 2012 Clinical Conference

posted on April 19, 2012 - 6:00am
Several experts presented their views of "best practices" for care of people with neuromuscular disorders at MDA's 2012 Clinical Conference, held in Las Vegas March 4-7. Many questions remain about optimal care in these disorders, but it's clear that attention to heart and respiratory function are of paramount importance. This article looks at: