Neuromuscular Center

Neuromuscular Center Delivers Leading Treatment for Complex Disorders

University Hospitals Neurological Institute’s Neuromuscular Center is one of America’s foremost centers dedicated to diagnosing and treating neuromuscular disorders.

As a UH-designated Center of Excellence, the Neuromuscular Center brings together leading experts from a variety of disciplines who collaborate using the latest clinical advances and technologies. Many are involved in nationally funded research that may lead to future innovations in medical care.

The Neuromuscular Center offers:

  • Extensive clinical experience, a wide variety of specialties, testing and research 
  • Access to physicians who are renowned experts, have authored textbooks and lecture frequently at national conferences
  • Leading-edge diagnostic services including autonomic testing and an electromyography (EMG) lab

Neuromuscular disorders can be difficult to diagnose and manage. With advanced knowledge and expertise, the Neuromuscular Center has established a track record of success with some of the most challenging disorders that can result in neuromuscular problems.

A History of Innovation

Our center has played a key role in advancing the state of the art in neuromuscular diagnosis and treatment. The following list highlights our most notable accomplishments:

  • We established the first pediatric autonomic lab in the U.S., which draws patients from all over the country.
  • We introduced the only comprehensive, dedicated myasthenia gravis program in Ohio.
  • We were the first in the world to offer diaphragm pacing stimulation for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig's disease.
  • We helped improve a network-enabled computerized electromyography (EMG) system. Our EMG lab is a beta site for the system.

Helping ALS Victims Breathe Easier

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. As the disease progresses, normal functions are affected, including respiration.

The UH Neurological Institute team at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center pioneered an implantable breathing device in patients with spinal cord injuries. This device helps patients breathe and speak more normally and delays respiratory complications during the progression of ALS.

During its development, the device was used successfully in 2003 to help the actor Christopher Reeve, who had injured his spinal cord in a riding accident. The team began using the device in ALS patients in 2005 and recently gained FDA approval after a successful pilot trial.

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