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Understanding 「Neuromuscular Diseases」
Myasthenia gravis, insiders often call it “MG”, a condition that causes some muscles to weaken.
Non-progressive congenital muscle disease is a group of rare muscle diseases caused by different genetic variations. “Congenital” means that the symptoms may appear at birth, during infancy or during adolescence.
Congenital progressive muscular dystrophy, a group of rare muscle diseases caused by different genetic variations. The mutated gene gradually impairs muscle cell function. Patients usually develop early symptoms within a few months after birth, including hypotonia, muscle weakness, and joint contracture. Some patients suffer from breathing problems due to respiratory muscle weakness, and mouth muscle weakness, resulting in difficulty in swallowing and eating.
Motor Neurone Disease (MND), also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is a disease that damages the nerve cells that control the muscles. The affected muscles become wasted and weak. The patients are getting worse gradually until they fail to move, swallow, speak and breath; and they finally die.
The Hong Kong Society of Neuromuscular Diseases Limited was established on March 25, 2015, to promote the development of medical professionals and public education on neuromuscular diseases to pay attention to the health of this particular patient group in Hong Kong. We operate in a non-profit manner. Our board members come from different medical specialties related to neuromuscular diseases, including the doctor of Children’s brain neurology, pathologists and more.