Neuromuscular conditions


Neuromuscular disorders are rare and many GPs will have very few patients with these conditions. However, people affected by muscle-wasting conditions know that their GP plays an important role in their care.

A delayed diagnosis of a neuromuscular condition can be particularly devastating for families and can also mean that people are not able to access the optimum care at the earliest opportunity. It also prevents families from adapting and planning ahead from an early stage. Muscular Dystrophy Association New Zealand (MDANZ) in conjunction with Muscular Dystrophy UK hopes that this online course will lead to more people getting faster referrals to neuromuscular specialists. Earlier diagnosis will ensure families get access to the therapeutic approaches currently in clinical trial or development.

This course covers the presentation and prognosis of the more common neuromuscular diseases. It will focus on the following conditions:

  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD)
  • Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD)
  • Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD)
  • Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
  • Myotonic dystrophy
  • Charcot–Marie–Tooth disease (CMT)
  • Myasthenia gravis (MG)
  • McArdle disease (acute rhabdomyolysis).

Learning objectives
After completing this course, you will:

  • Understand the spectrum of neuromuscular disease.
  • Identify the key presenting features of the more common neuromuscular diseases.
  • Describe management, including the importance of multidisciplinary care.



Once you have completed this short course and quiz, please click 'submit' where you will be taken to the results page. From here you can print your certificate for 1 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour.


This content has been developed by Dr Ros Quinlivan (2019).  Ros currently works in the MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases at National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, and the Dubowitz Neuromuscular Centre at Great Ormond Street London. She provides a transition service from paediatric to adult care and is clinical lead for the Neuromuscular Complex Care Centre (NMCC) and the nationally commissioned service for McArdle disease.  She is joint co-ordinating editor for the Cochrane Neuromuscular Disease Group and is on the editorial board for Neuromuscular Disorders. She chairs the British Myology Society and the London and South East and South East Coast Clinical Network for Neuromuscular Disease.

The material is presented by the Goodfellow Unit (GFU), an accredited continuing medical education/ continuing professional development (CME/CPD) provider for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and functions under a tripartite agreement between the Goodfellow Foundation, the College and the University of Auckland. The Unit is located within the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, and within the School of Population Health.


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