Distance Learning in Paediatric Neurology

Unit 5: Neuromuscular Disorders

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Peripheral nervous system and neuromuscular disorders. This unit covers the full spectrum of neuromuscular disease. It provides up-to-date information on how growing knowledge of molecular genetics has contributed to our rapidly expanding understanding of these disorders and changed diagnostic strategy. Access to a busy neuromuscular service will bear witness as to how this knowledge is put into practice and a number of sections are devoted specifically to intervention.


This unit contains 48 hours of study, divided into the following sections:


  Study hours
1. Muscular dystrophy classification, proteins and genes - multisystem involvement 3 hours
A. Neurophysiology and imaging in neuromuscular disorders
B. Dystrophin and Becker muscular dystrophy
3 hours
3. Limb girdle muscular dystrophies, congenital muscular dystrophies and FSHD 4 hours
A. Congenital myopathies
B. Phenotype genotype correlations in muscular dystrophy and congenital myopathies
4 hours
5. Inflammatory myopathies 3 hours
6. Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) 3 hours
7. Neuropathies 3 hours
8. Neuromuscular junction transmission defects
The Childhood Myasthenias
3 hours
9. Myotonic dystrophy 2 hours
10. Metabolic and mitochondrial myopathies; Ion channel disorders; malignant hyperthermia susceptibility 6 hours
11. The floppy infant syndrome 3 hours
12. Physiotherapy, orthoses and rehabilitation 3 hours
13. Respiratory complications of NMD 3 hours
14. Cardiac involvement in NMD 3 hours
15. Feeding difficulties, nutritional aspects - multidisplinary management / MDC 2 hours
Total study time 48 hours


You can begin studying this Unit at any time and work through it at your own pace. There are no time limits to finish the Unit. If you spend about 4 hours per week on this course, you will complete it in 3 months. When you complete the unit, please send to us and we will check that all 3 star activities have been completed and will issue a CPD certificate for the number of hours shown above.

Who is this Unit for?

The Neuromuscular Disorders Unit is particularly suitable for:

  • Specialist Paediatric Neurology trainees
  • Consultant Paediatric Neurologists to update themselves as part of their continuing professional development


The course is delivered via a dedicated website. On receipt of your application we will register you and send your username and password to access your unit. All the activities and required papers are available for you to download from the course website. You will need to access:

  • case notes of a child with a metabolic myopathy
  • the weight/height charts of 6 teenagers with Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • video fluoroscopic barium swallow of at least one child with SMA 2
  • watch a video fluoroscopic barium swallow preferably on a child with neuromuscular disorder

You will also need access to a few textbooks, which should be available to borrow from your local paediatric neurology department or medical library.

What do students say are the best things about this unit?

  • Congenital myasthenias, though it took a while
  • Covering all the specifics/details eg Anderson-Tawil syndrome (UK)


Fees must be paid at the time of registering. You can register online and pay your fee by credit/debit card or request an invoice be sent to your place of work (you will need a purchase order number from your hospital for this option). The cost of this Unit depends on the country in which you are working.  

  • High income countries = £325(eg Western Europe, Australia, North America, Gulf States)
  • Low & middle income countries = £107

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