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Overview

Our physicians have specialized expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of neuromuscular disorders, including:

  • Muscle diseases such as muscular dystrophy, myotonic dystrophy and myositis
  • Neuromuscular junction disorders such as myasthenia gravis
  • Nerve disorders such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, Charcot Marie Tooth Disease, Chronic inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) and neuropathies related to other general diseases such as diabetes
  • Motor neuron disorders such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and spinal muscular atrophy

Patient Convenience

In the Neuromuscular Division, patients with neuromuscular disorders receive comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services in a single location. The Neuromuscular Division comprises several entities:

Neuromuscular Diagnostic Center: Established in 2006, the Neuromuscular Diagnostic Center includes:

  • Outpatient Neuromuscular Clinics: A team of clinicians provides expert diagnostic and treatment services including access to innovative research studies and therapeutic trials. A wide range of general and subspecialty neuromuscular clinics offer comprehensive care to both adult and pediatric patients. Subspecialty clinics include the Inherited Neuropathies Center of Excellence (Charcot Marie Tooth Disease), Myasthenia Gravis Center, Myotonic Dystrophy Clinic and the Pediatric Neuromuscular Clinic. These clinics are associated with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA) and Charcot Marie Tooth Association (CMTA).
  • Electromyography (EMG) Laboratory: Board-certified electromyographers specialize in diagnosing muscle and nerve disorders
  • Autonomic Laboratory: This facility employs tilt-table testing, quantitative sweat testing and other maneuvers for the evaluation of patients with autonomic disorders, syncope and small-fiber neuropathies
  • Muscle Biopsy Service: This service performs muscle biopsies for the diagnosis of a wide range of muscle disorders
  • Botulinum Toxin Service: Botulinum toxin treatments are available to treat dystonia, spasticity (due to stroke, head injury or multiple sclerosis and various other disorders (pathological drooling or sweating).
  • Exercise Testing: This form of testing is used to diagnose metabolic myopathies
  • Pediatric Neuromuscular Clinic: Neurologists at this clinic, which falls under the administration of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children, work closely with other Mass General neurologists with special training and interest in pediatrics
  • ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic: This clinic provides high-quality care along with access to the latest treatments and research opportunities

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is required in order to schedule a new patient appointment?
A: To schedule a new patient appointment for a consult we need your most recent visit notes from your referring provider explaining why you need to be seen. We will also need your most recent EMG report, MRI reports, and any blood work that was done. We do not take patient self-referrals.
To schedule an EMG, we will need your referring provider to fill out an EMG requisition form. If they are in the partner’s network they can put the referral into CRMS. If they are from an outside facility, they can call 617-726-3644 and have a requisition form sent to them.

Q: How can I obtain a copy of my medical records from the Neuromuscular Diagnostic Center and EMG Lab?
A: You will need to complete the Mass General Release of Information form and either fax or mail it back to our office.

Q: Where do I have my PCP fax my insurance referral to?
A: Referral Office Fax: 781-960-1266

Q: How do I know if my insurance will cover my visit?
A: Please call your insurance company to verify that your appointment or test will be covered. You can also contact our Financial Access Unit at 617-726-6828.

Q: How do I update my demographic information?
A: Please contact out Registration and Referrals Center at 866-211-6588.

Q: How long will it take for me to receive my test results and how will they be communicated to me?
A: For EMG and AFT results, it will take 3-5 days for the report to be finalized. You must report back to your referring physician to get the results. The results will be faxed to your referring provider’s office.