Each muscle fiber (mature muscle cell) is surrounded by a membrane (covering) that separates the inside of the fiber from the material outside the fiber. The material outside the fiber is called the extracellular matrix.
Here's a look at the 26 subtypes of LGMD that have been recognized dating back to the 1990s
Neurologist Katherine Mathews discusses cardiac, respiratory and other concerns for people with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy
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
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.
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.
Nathan enjoys going to the beach, an activity that's been made easier by an all-terrain vehicle chair.
When Nathan Jenkins of Greenville, S.C., was born in November 2003, he was “monstrously tall,” says his mother, Lisa.
Geneticist R. Rodney Howell, chairman of MDA's Board of Directors, testified before a U.S. Senate subcommittee Sept. 26 to support continued funding for newborn screening
R. Rodney Howell, a pediatrician and medical geneticist who chairs MDA's Board of Directors, advocated for passage of the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2013 (S. 1417) before a U.S. Senate subcommittee on Thursday, Sept. 26.
Howell emphasized that