Channel Service

Muscle Channelopathy Service

Skeletal muscle channelopathies are rare neuromuscular diseases that cause symptoms of episodic muscle weakness/paralysis or cause difficulty in relaxing muscles (the muscle can feel stuck or cramped) once they are contracted. They affect approximately 1 in 100 000 people in the UK. They are genetic conditions. Each one is caused by a mutation in a gene that codes for proteins in our muscles called ion channels.

We run the Highly Specialised Service for Skeletal Muscle Channelopathies which specifically treats these conditions. It is a national service funded by NHS England. We can see patients from England and Scotland for free with a referral from a GP or other clinician. Patients from other areas can be seen but will need prior authorisation from their local health board.