Join the Muscle Disease Registry

Register with the CMDIR to help give scientists the data and tools they need to perform necessary and important NM research.

Get Tested & Diagnosed

Detect Muscular Dystrophy is a sponsored, no charge genetic testing resource for those living in the US suspected of having a form of myopathy, who do not yet have genetic confirmation. Accurate and early identification of affected individuals allows for improved clinical outcomes. We encourage the NM community to take advantage of this free program while it lasts. No referral is needed. No health insurance is required. The blood draw is done through your physician or local genetics provider, with results reported to you through your physician. Fill out this quick Contact Form for personalized guidance and support from the AFBS team.

Donate Tissue Samples

If you or your loved one with a confirmed form of congenital nemaline myopathy will be having surgery, or wishes to donate tissue samples at the time of death, please contact or as soon as possible about the option to collect one or more samples for NM research use.

The Beggs Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital, is a myopathy research program and biobank that serves as a place to safely store samples donated through medical procedures, such as surgeries, fetal sampling, and autopsies, to be used for medical research. The program staff can also arrange to receive your/your child’s left-over tissue from a previous muscle biopsy.

There is no cost to participate, and travel to Boston is not required. All enrollment is completed remotely.

Tissue: A Group of cells or fluid that work together to perform a specific job in the body.

Inform Medical Providers: ICD Code for Nemaline Myopathy G71.21

In 2021, our community advocates were successful in getting an International Diagnostic Code (ICD) designated specifically for Nemaline Myopathy. Most NM clinicians, patients, and families do not know this yet, but it’s imperative that medical records of nemaline myopathy patients be properly coded.

Message, call, or speak to your medical providers to educate them to ensure your medical records are being coded correctly. Your clinical billing office will need to be made aware of this, too. Tell them to use ICD-11 code G71.21 for all Nemaline Myopathy patient encounters.