A new guideline on congenital muscular dystrophy endorsed by the Academy (
) is relevant to both general and subspecialty pediatrics. Though rare, children with congenital muscular dystrophy will be found in general pediatric practices, and it is important for general pediatricians to be active participants in the child’s multidisciplinary care team.

Evaluation, Diagnosis and Management of Congenital Muscular Dystrophy was released earlier this year by the American Academy of Neurology and the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine, www.neurology.org/content/84/13/1369.full.

There are three classic forms of congenital muscular dystrophy, which themselves have subtypes due to both specific clinical features and genetic discoveries.

There also are rare variants that do not fit easily into one of the three categories.

The guideline addresses both diagnostic and therapeutic issues. The guideline or a summary for clinicians (http://bit.ly/1LIo5Vz) should be consulted for details...

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