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Neurologist

A physician trained to specialize in diseases affecting the nervous system. These diseases include the muscular dystrophies, Lou Gehrigs (ALS), Parkinsons, dementia, stroke and neuropathies. For the first time, this year, the American Academy of Psychiatrists and Neurologists is offering special board certification in the muscle diseases. This is a voluntary certification and would probably indicate a special interest on the part of that physician to pursue further certification. Because the CMD’s are rare diseases, it is possible that your local neurologist will not have seen a child or adult with CMD before. Especially in the early stages of diagnosis, it is important to find a knowledgeable neurologist to guide testing and diagnosis. Contacting the MDA, can be a resource to find a neurologist with expertise in CMD.

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