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 Medicine, Pulmonary/Respiratory Medicine, Cardiology 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:
The clinic is held Wednesdays from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and is supported by the the Muscular Dystrophy Association of San Diego.