IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico

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The activity of the Unit is aimed at the diagnosis, care and study of patients with rare neuromuscular diseases. These diseases are among the rare, the most frequent of all. Almost all diseases are genetically determined. Our Center, one of the few in Italy that specializes in treating these patients, has the peculiarity to assist both in terms of outpatient and day hospital is under the diagnostic laboratory by analysis of peripheral nerve and muscle biopsy. The Centre receives many patients and biopsies from other sites in hospitals throughout the country.
The Unit is ISO 9001 certified since August 2002 for: “Design and provision of diagnostic services and morphological research in the context of rare neuromuscular diseases in inpatient, outpatient and in agreement to third parties. Managing a Bank of muscle tissue, peripheral nerve and DNA”.


  • Outpatient and Day Hospital for patients suffering from rare neuromuscular diseases
    Laboratory diagnostic morphological (light and electron microscopy)
  • “Bank of muscle tissue, peripheral nerve, DNA and cell cultures”, funded in part by Telethon and partners of the “European Network for Rare Diseases Biological Resources”
  • Scientific research activities within the scope of IRCCS


Group membership

IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico participates in the following groups…

Specialised Groups

Muscle diseases
Peripheral Nerve Disease
Motor Neuron Disease
Neuromuscular Junction Defects
Mitochondrial Diseases

Cross Cutting Specialised Groups

Neuromuscular Imaging
Neuromuscular Pathology

Advisory Boards


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European Union (Health Programme and CEF)

EU Commission

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