Neuromuscular disorders is a general term that refers to diseases that affect any part of the nerve and muscle. These disorders vary according to characteristics such as pattern of inheritance, origin of the genetic mutation, incidence, symptoms, age of onset, rate of progression, and prognosis. Several examples included in this wide range of disorders are:
- Skeletal muscle disorders, such as muscular dystrophies and inflammatory myopathies
- Neuromuscular junction disorders, such as myasthenia gravis
- Peripheral nerve disorders, such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
- Motor neuron disorders, such as Spinal Muscular Atrophy
- Genetically determined ataxias, such as Autosomal Recessive Spastic Ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay and Friedreich’s Ataxia
Below you will find specific information on some of the main disorders that fall within each category.
For a comprehensive list of all the neuromuscular disorders that fall under the umbrella of Muscular Dystrophy Canada, please click here.