Medical Procedures

A look at symptoms, diagnosis, treatments and current MDA-supported research into this complex autoimmune disorder

posted on June 15, 2015 - 1:01pm
In recognition of June being National Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month, MDA is examining the disease from several perspectives. This article offers an overview of signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments for myasthenia gravis (MG), as well as information on drugs that people with MG should avoid.

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:

A challenging and multifaceted disease

posted on April 9, 2012 - 12:05pm
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 2
As far back as Carla Licon can remember, her mother had difficulty opening jars and walking long distances. Licon’s mother wore ankle braces, and she also had an unusual symptom known as "myotonia," the inability to relax muscles, such as a clenched hand, at will. Licon, who is 31 and lives in Victoria, Texas, thinks these symptoms started when her mother was in her 20s. Later, her mother’s...

When scarring develops in the heart's conduction system, abnormal heart rhythms can develop, sometimes without the person recognizing that anything is wrong

posted on April 9, 2012 - 10:58am
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 2
In 2006, Ron Hayes was a 54-year-old executive at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati when he began noticing some weakness in his hands. "I was trying to clean my glasses," he remembers, "and my thumb couldn’t push the spray." A visit to a hand surgeon resulted in a referral to a neurologist and ultimately to a diagnosis of adult-onset MMD1.

Adults with MMD1 and minor cardiac conduction defects benefit from invasive testing and possible pacemaker insertion

posted on April 3, 2012 - 6:00am
New evidence suggests that relatively aggressive management of seemingly minor cardiac conduction defects in adults with type 1 myotonic dystrophy (MMD1, or DM1) can prolong survival.

The American Academy of Neurology has released guidelines for the use of intravenous immunoglobulin, which modulates the immune system in MG, LEMS and myositis

posted on March 29, 2012 - 10:21am
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has released new guidelines on the use of a treatment called intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIG) in various neuromuscular disorders.

The biggest problem at an ER may not be the one you go in with, but the one you encounter there

posted on July 1, 2011 - 4:18pm
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 3
When a medical emergency strikes — and the patient is a person with a neuromuscular disease — it’s not just getting to the emergency room quickly that’s critical. It’s also critical to ensure the ER staff understands the patient’s special needs caused by muscle disease.