Diagnosing Neuromuscular Disease in Children

Who Treats Neuromuscular Disorders?

At the Children’s Brain Care Institute, children with neuromuscular disease receive a thorough neurologic examination by a board-certified neuromuscular specialist with special expertise in child neurology, neuromuscular diseases, and neurophysiology.

How Do Doctors at Children's Diagnose Neuromuscular Disorders?

Occasionally, blood tests may be ordered, and an electromyogram, or EMG, also may be requested to evaluate the function of muscles and nerves.

The Brain Care Institute’s pediatric Neuroimaging Department works with electrodiagnostic testing to offer a range of testing options, including:

  • CT or CAT scan (computed tomography scans)
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Sodium MRI
  • Electromyogram (EMG) and nerve conduction velocity
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) scan
  • Magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA) scan
  • Cerebral spinal fluid analysis (spinal tap or lumbar puncture)
  • Evoked potentials
  • Myelogram
  • Ultrasound (sonogram)
  • Neurosonogram
  • Magnetoencephalogram (MEG)
  • MR spectroscopy
  • Diffusion tensor imaging
  • PET molecular imaging

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