Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD)?

Updated: Aug 15, 2019
  • Author: Monica Saini, MD, MBBS, MRCP(UK); Chief Editor: Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, MHA, CPE  more...
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Guidelines issued by the American Academy of Neurology and the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine call for referral of patients suspected of having MD to a specialist center for evaluation and genetic testing. Patients at high risk for cardiac complications should be given a cardiology evaluation, even if asymptomatic and those at known risk for respiratory failure should receive periodic pulmonary function testing. [64, 65]

Additional consultation with the following may prove helpful:

  • Orthopedic surgeon

  • Pulmonologist

  • Cardiologist

  • Physiatrist

  • Physical/occupational therapist

  • Orthotist

  • Speech therapist/nutritionist


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