diagnosis

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.

This first of a series of three stories covering the 2014 MDA Clinical Conference discusses implications of new types of genetic testing

posted on March 28, 2014 - 10:57am
“Knowing, if not all, is almost all,” said Matthew Harms, a neurologist and neurophysiologist from Washington University in St. Louis, in his presentation on genetic testing for neuromuscular disorders at the 2014 MDA Clinical Conference, held in Chicago March 16-19.

Investigators conducting an online survey to gather information from people with inclusion-body myositis report early results and ask a few more questions

posted on November 27, 2013 - 5:00am
Investigators conducting an online survey launched in January 2013 to gather anonymous information from people with inclusion-body myositis (IBM) are now reporting preliminary results and are asking the original respondents to complete a short supplementary survey.

Recent research reveals that LGMD is a forest with many trees

posted on October 3, 2013 - 9:29am
Quest Vol. 20, No. 4
A Closer Look: LGMD Research Slideshow Say “limb-girdle muscular dystrophy” to most people, and you’ll get a questioning look. They may wonder what kind of girdle is being talked about and how limbs fit into the picture. The name actually comes from an anatomical term describing the supporting structures of the shoulders and hips, including bones and muscles. Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy...

Here's a look at the 26 subtypes of LGMD that have been recognized dating back to the 1990s

posted on October 3, 2013 - 9:09am
Quest Vol. 20, No. 4
 

Neurologist Katherine Mathews discusses cardiac, respiratory and other concerns for people with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy

posted on October 3, 2013 - 9:08am
Quest Vol. 20, No. 4
Neurologist Katherine Mathews Katherine Mathews, M.D., is a neurologist at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City, where she co-directs the MDA clinic. She serves on MDA's Medical Advisory Committee. Below she discusses limb-girdle muscular dystrophy with MDA Medical and Science Editor Margaret Wahl.

A nurse and genetic counselor, Trout discusses the diagnostic process and how she helps families with education and support

posted on October 3, 2013 - 9:07am
Quest Vol. 20, No. 4
Nurse Christina Trout Christina Trout is an advanced practice nurse specializing in pediatric neuromuscular disorders and genetic nursing. She's been providing genetic counseling, as well as general education and care coordination, to families with neuromuscular disorders at the University of Iowa since 1993.
posted on October 3, 2013 - 9:05am
Quest Vol. 20, No. 4
In kindergarten, Mo Gerhardt played tee ball and soccer, and while his hand-eye coordination was excellent, his strength wasn’t. Matthew (“Mo”) Gerhardt of Bath, Mich., will be 36 years old this fall.