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Healthcare: Neurology

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The physicians at Baylor Medicine Neuromuscular Clinics are experts in treating a wide variety of neuromuscular diseases and disorders. For more information on the conditions we treat, view the list below:

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. 

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Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy is an immune-mediated neuropathy that affects the peripheral motor and sensory nerves. 

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Dermatomyositis is an autoimmune disease, in which the body produces antibodies that attack its own tissues. It causes inflammation of the skin and muscles. The inflammation can cause an itchy rash and skin thickening, as well as muscle weakness and pain.

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Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage caused by diabetes. People who have diabetes often have high blood sugar levels. Over time, this can damage nerves throughout your body. Neuropathy means nerve disease or damage.

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Eaton-Lambert syndrome (also called Lambert-Eaton syndrome) is a very rare condition in which a person's immune system attacks nerve tissues it mistakenly identifies as invading organisms.

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Guillain-Barré syndrome is a rare nerve disorder that occurs when the body's own defenses (immune system) attack part of the peripheral nervous system.

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This group of neuropathies is now becoming increasingly recognized due to the dramatic advances in molecular genetics. The symptoms of the various hereditary neuropathies are wide ranging. A common denominator is usually the early onset of mild numbness and tingling in the feet that slowly progresses to involve the legs and the hands and later the rest of the upper extremities. 

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Inclusion body myositis, an inflammatory myopathy, has increasingly been recognized as the most common cause of muscle weakness diagnosed in older individuals.

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Metabolic myopathies or metabolic muscle disorders are related to defects in the enzymes that regulate carbohydrates, lipids, or other metabolic pathways in the muscle fibers. 

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Muscular dystrophies are a wide range of muscle disorders related to the congenital or genetically determined absence of certain essential muscle fiber components (e.g., dystrophin).

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Myasthenia gravis is a disorder in which normal communication between the nerve and muscle is interrupted at the neuromuscular junction.

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Polymyositis is an inflammatory myopathy. It is believed to result from an autoimmune reaction, whereby the body's own immune system attacks the muscle cells. This results in the breakdown of muscle.

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