Dr. Ayesha Cheema is a primary care doctor with Mercy Personal Physicians at Columbia. She offers experienced and thoughtful primary care for adults of Howard County.
Mercy doctors offer a breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C that cures most patients and saves lives. Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus and can lead to permanent liver damage if untreated.
The Vascular Center at Mercy provides vascular surgeons who treat conditions including aneurysm, stroke, swelling of the legs and vein blockages.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
The Neurology Center at Mercy in Baltimore, Maryland, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders, including neuromuscular disease, a broad group of conditions that affect the muscles. Dr. Bonnie Gerecke is Board Certified in Neurology and Neuromuscular Medicine and provides comprehensive care and treatment in a comforting, friendly setting.
Muscle disease is a phrase used interchangeably with neuromuscular condition or neuromuscular disorder to define an extensive group of conditions that influence the muscles in the arms and legs, and other muscles throughout the body, or the nerves that manage the muscles. Muscle disease is usually progressive and ultimately causes the muscles to weaken. The degree of severity of the condition varies from individual to individual. Some are inherited and others are due to an immune disorder. Examples of neuromuscular disorders include:
Muscle disease or neuromuscular disease influences the nerves, also called neurons that manage the voluntary muscles. The voluntary muscles control the arms and legs. The nerve cells are responsible for communicating to these muscles. When the nerve cells become damaged or die, the communication breaks down between the nervous system and muscles. This causes the muscles to weaken and wither away. Neuromuscular disease impacts:
Muscle Disease/Neuromuscular Disease symptoms:
To diagnose muscle disease or neuromuscular disease, your primary care doctor will refer you to a neurologist, who specializes in nerve disorders. The neurologist will conduct a comprehensive exam and require a number of diagnostic tests, including an EMG (Electromyography) to assess the health of muscles and the nerve cells.
Although there is no cure for neuromuscular disease, the overall strategy is focused on treating and managing symptoms and decreasing the progression of the disease.
Experienced neurologists of The Neurology Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, utilize advanced diagnostic tools, such as electroencephalogram (EEG) and electromyogram (EMG), for the diagnosis and management of neurological disorders and neuromuscular conditions, including peripheral neuropathy, entrapment neuropathy, epilepsy, headaches, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and myasthenia gravis.
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Dr. Bonnie Gerecke, Director of The Neurology Center and Chief of Neurology and Medical Director of Rehabilitation at Mercy Medical Center, offers expertise in diagnosing, evaluating and managing neuromuscular disease.