Spokane Medical Director Joins National Researchers to Co-Author a New National Guideline

October 24, 2014
Spokane, WA

SPOKANE, Wash. – St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute Medical Director Dr. Gregory Carter co-authored a new guideline from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM). Carter’s work provides guidance on how doctors should evaluate the full picture—from symptoms, family history and ethnicity to a physical exam and certain lab test results—in order to determine what genetic tests may best diagnose a person’s subtype of limb-girdle or distal muscular dystrophy.

“It has been an honor to work alongside some of the best medical researchers across the country,” said Gregory Carter, St. Luke’s medical director and AANEM board member. “Our efforts are instrumental in providing critical research analysis for practitioners diagnose and treat patients who are suspected to have some type of muscular dystrophy.”

“These are rare muscle diseases that can be difficult to diagnose,” said guideline lead author Pushpa Narayanaswami, MD, of Harvard Medical School in Boston and a Fellow of the AAN and AANEM. “With an accurate diagnosis, unnecessary tests or treatments may be avoided. Knowing the specific subtype is important for getting the best possible care.”

“Continued research for advancements in medical treatments and improved patient care is a cornerstone of what makes St. Luke’s an integral part of the medical community,” Carter said.

The guideline is published in the October 14, 2014, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. To develop the guideline, researchers reviewed all of the available studies on the disorders, which cause muscles to waste away. To read this issue of Neurology®, visit: http://www.neurology.org/content/83/16/1453.full.pdf+html.

About St. Luke’s Rehabilitation InstituteSt. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute is the largest free-standing rehabilitation hospital in the western United States, and provides all aspects of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. St. Luke’s is the only Level I trauma rehabilitation hospital in the Inland Northwest with six additional outpatient locations. St. Luke’s, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and The Joint Commission, serves thousands of patients each year, including people with muscular dystrophy as well as those who have suffered a stroke, lost a limb, and suffered a brain injury, spinal cord injury or one of many other illnesses or injuries. In 2014, St. Luke’s was selected as a Top 10 Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers (AAHCP). For more information on St. Luke’s visit us on:

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