Neuromuscular Clinic

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Neuromuscular Clinic provides care for children with muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and other muscular diseases.

Patients treated in the clinic have access to all of the specialists they need in one location. Children receive coordinated care in an efficient setting, seeing the entire multispecialty team within several hours for assessment, diagnosis and condition management.

  • Care Team
  • Diagnostic and Assessment Services
  • Clinical Trials

Properly managing the care of patients with neuromuscular diseases is key in helping them experience a better quality of life and longer survival. Our specialists work together as a team to arrive at a diagnosis and develop a specialized, comprehensive care plan for each child's unique needs. They see the child together, then discuss each patient in a meeting and develop their recommendations as a group.

Team members include:

A health care service coordinator from the MDA also is available on-site at the clinic to help families learn about and access MDA's resources, including support groups and summer camps.

The clinic offers the following types of tests:

  • Cardiac MRI
  • DEXA/Bone density evaluation
  • Echocardiogram
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Electromyogram
  • Evoked potential testing
  • Genetic testing
  • Motor function testing
  • Pulmonary function testing

We currently do not offer clinical trials through the CHLA Neuromuscular clinic. However, our doctors are very knowledgeable about the latest available trials and understand the importance of providing this information to families, when their child may be eligible for a trial.

We will be participating in new trials in 2016 and information will be updated here when available.

 

Certification

The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Neuromuscular Clinic is a certified Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Care Center and a Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) Certified Duchenne Care Center.

CHLA is grateful to the Muscular Dystrophy Association for its support, through which the program provides dietician support as well as physical and occupational therapy services to patients.