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Pediatric Muscular Dystrophy Program

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 Services

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
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy
  • Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy
  • Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy
  • Myotonic dystrophy
  • Myotonia congenital

Other services include:

  • Physical, occupational, and speech therapy
  • Orthotics
  • Pediatric diagnostic radiology
  • Wheelchair maintenance
  • Special scales for weighing patients in wheelchairs
  • An onsite MDA representative to answer questions and provide additional resource materials