Myotonic dystrophy is the most common form of adult-onset muscular dystrophy, affecting approximately 1 in 8,000 individuals worldwide. This inherited disorder originates in a gene defect that causes progressive muscle weakness in the arms, hands, hips and lower legs. People with myotonic dystrophy may also experience early cataracts, heart arrhythmias, cognitive problems and hormonal changes.
The Myotonic Dystrophy Clinic at the Methodist Neurological Institute was developed to address and minimize the challenging aspects of this multisystemic disorder, help improve survival and quality of life, and foster research into predicting outcomes.
The clinic is staffed by a team that includes two neurologists, a cardiologist, pulmonologist, respiratory therapist, sleep specialist, nutritionist, social worker, genetic counselor, physical and occupational therapists, and home health agency vendors. It offers a range of laboratory and diagnostic testing to assess patients for related diseases.
Myotonic Dystrophy Clinic
6560 Fannin St., suite 802
Houston, TX 77030