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The Pediatric Neuromuscular Clinic offers coordinated, multidisciplinary care for infants, children and adolescents with a wide variety of neuromuscular disorders, including:
Our neuromuscular specialists evaluate children with hyporeflexia, low muscle tone, muscle weakness, delayed motor skills, muscle pain, cramping, or who have an inherited neuromuscular disease or genetic risk. Initial comprehensive evaluations take place in a single day (Tuesdays) and depending upon referral requests, a given patient may see a range of pediatric specialists, including:
It is very important that your insurance carrier (and if necessary your PCP assistance) authorize your child’s appointments at MassGeneral Hospital for Children beforehand.
The initial evaluation includes an extensive interview with family as well as an examination of the child. Based on exam findings, clinicians will seek a specific diagnosis. This effort sometimes involves blood DNA tests and possibly other studies including imaging and muscle/nerve biopsies.
Based on a specific diagnosis, which is the first priority, our multidisciplinary neuromuscular specialists can best offer targeted recommendations. Some recommendations will include physical and occupational therapists as well as early intervention or school-based therapy. Our team will send a summary note of findings to the referring physician and to the parents.
The local primary care provider is the most important member of the care team. Most patients will typically come to our clinic once or twice per year and it is of the utmost importance that we coordinate with the families’ primary care providers, especially if not local to Boston.
Our Pediatric Neuromuscular Disorder Clinic staff will coordinate and make recommendations for the appropriate muscular dystrophy resources near the child's home. At MassGeneral Hospital for Children, we have a close association with colleagues in the adult neuromuscular clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital, which allows not only easy access to its world-renowned clinicians, but also smooth continuity of care as the patient matures from adolescence to adulthood.
We know that the time of your child’s diagnosis and treatment is a very stressful one and we strive to provide an open, welcoming, family-centered environment. We believe that no one knows a child as well as the parent does; as such, parents and child, primary care providers and our staff join to form a team. This team aims to optimize a child's care and function, and families have an active voice in all treatment plans for their child.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common and severe progressive muscular dystrophy to affect children.
The MGH Pediatric Neuromuscular Clinic recently was named a Certified Duchenne Care Center by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy
The Neuroscience Center at MassGeneral Hospital for Children is a growing program designed to accelerate research and provide state-of-the-art care for children with neurological disorders.
MGHfC Pediatric Neuromuscular Service
To schedule an appointment with a MassGeneral for Children pediatric specialist, please call 888-644-3248 or complete our online appointment form to request an appointment.
Physicians may call 888-644-3211 or use the online referral form and the Access & New Appointment Center will call your patient within 1 business day.
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