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General Conditions

We treat a range of general neuromuscular conditions. Most of the links provided below refer to topics on our Dartmouth-Hitchcock Healthwise® Health Encyclopedia website:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a disease affecting the nervous system that has no known cure at this time. DHMC's ALS Center is dedicated to finding its cause and effective treatment, and provides education and support for patients and their families.
  • Autonomic neuropathy is a group of symptoms caused by damage to nerves that regulate blood pressure, heart rate, bowel and bladder emptying, digestion, and other body functions.
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease defines a group of inherited, slowly progressive disorders that result from progressive damage to nerves. Symptoms include numbness and wasting of muscle tissue, first in the feet and legs, then in the hands and arms.
  • Chronic inflammatory polyneuropathy is nerve inflammation that results in loss of movement or sensation.
  • Diabetic neuropathy is a common complication of diabetes, in which nerves are damaged as a result of hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels).
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome is a serious disorder that occurs when the body's defense (immune) system mistakenly attacks part of the nervous system. This leads to nerve inflammation that causes muscle weakness, which continues to get worse.
  • Inclusion body myositis is a rare disease that occurs later in life and weakens muscles over time. While it does not cause pain and is not life-threatening, it can cause disability and particularly affects the arms and legs.
  • Muscular dystrophy is a group of disorders that involve progressive muscle weakness and loss of muscle tissue.
  • Myasthenia gravis is a neuromuscular disorder characterized by variable weakness of voluntary muscles, which often improves with rest and worsens with activity. The condition is caused by an abnormal immune response.
  • Myopathy is the weakness of muscle tissue due to problems with the muscle fibers. Symptoms can include cramping or stiffness and are often seen in patients with diseases such as muscular dystrophy.
  • Neuralgia is pain that follows the path of a specific nerve.
  • Polymyositis is a relatively uncommon inflammatory disease that causes significant muscle weakness.
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