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About Neuromuscular Disorders

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What are neuromuscular disorders?

Neuromuscular disorders are also known as muscle and nerve diseases. They are conditions that affect the nerves that send messages back and forth between your brain and the muscles you use to move your body. If a neuromuscular disorder causes some or all of these nerves to become unhealthy or die, your muscles can weaken, waste away, or lose their ability to function. Neuromuscular disease can also affect your heart and ability to breathe.

Common neuromuscular diseases include Amytrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), myasthenia gravis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and Gullian-Barre syndrome.