The Multidisciplinary Neuromuscular Clinic, led by Chamindra Konersman, M.D., coordinates outpatient care for children diagnosed with neuromuscular diseases. These include muscular dystrophies, a diverse group of genetic disorders that cause weakness of muscles throughout the body, and nerve conditions,  which cause weakness, pain and difficulty in walking and breathing in some cases.

Housed in the Division of Neurology, the clinic involves multiple specialites, from Rehabilitation MedicinePulmonary/Respiratory MedicineCardiology and Genetics, to Physical Therapy and Social Work.

Our highly experienced and skilled team offers state-of-the-art care, using the latest and most advanced treatments. In the case of patients with spinal muscular atrophy, for example, we are using Spinraza (nusinersen), the first and only Food and Drug  Administration-approved treatment for this condition. Due to severe scoliosis, some of these patients have undergone spinal fusion surgery. To provide the medicine to these patients in the safest and most effective way, two of our physicians (Andrew Skalsky, M.D., and Burt Yaszay, M.D.) have collaborated to develop an innovative delivery device.

Conditions we commonly treat include:

  • Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy
  • Spinal muscular atrophy
  • Myotonic dystrophy
  • Limb girdle muscular dystrophy
  • Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy
  • Myasthenia gravis and myasthenic syndromes
  • Congenital myopathies
  • Congenital muscular dystrophies
  • Charcot-Marie Tooth disease and other hereditary neuropathies
  • Inflammatory myopathies
  • Friedreich’s ataxia
  • Metabolic disease
  • Mitochondrial/myopathy disease

 The clinic is held Wednesdays from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and is supported by the the Muscular Dystrophy Association of San Diego.