Yale’s Muscular Dystrophy Program is one of five pediatric Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) clinics in New England. We offer children and families multidisciplinary care in the diagnosis and treatment of muscular dystrophy and other pediatric neuromuscular disorders.
To ease medical visits, families of children with muscular dystrophy can see three different specialists, together or separately, in one visit, and take advantage of related services on the same day.
Our doctors perform thorough evaluations of each new patient, checking sensation, muscle tone, range of motion, strength, gait, and balance. Depending on the child’s needs, they may perform or prescribe such tests as electrocardiography, electromyography, pulmonary function tests, and polysomnograms (overnight sleep studies).
The program offers care to children and teens with neuromuscular diagnoses, including:
Becker's muscular dystrophy
Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy
Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy
Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy
Other services include:
Physical, occupational, and speech therapy
Pediatric diagnostic radiology
Special scales for weighing patients in wheelchairs
An onsite MDA representative to answer questions and provide additional resource materials