Diagnosis & Services
Dr. Bernes is the program's medical director and primary neurologist responsible for diagnosing specific neuromuscular conditions. The diagnostic workup includes a detailed patient and family history, neurological exam, diagnostic laboratory and genetic testing, and surgical muscle biopsy. When available, nationally recognized, evidence-based practice guidelines are used to make the diagnosis.
After the initial assessment and diagnostic screenings are complete a comprehensive, coordinated care plan is developed. Referrals to the appropriate pediatric specialties are ordered based on the individual’s presenting symptoms, diagnosis, and clinical findings. The patient is also presented with the opportunity to register with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, if appropriate.