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World J Clin Pediatr. Sep 9, 2023; 12(4): 197-204
Published online Sep 9, 2023. doi: 10.5409/wjcp.v12.i4.197
Gastrointestinal and nutritional care in pediatric neuromuscular disorders
Valeria Dipasquale, Rossella Morello, Claudio Romano
Valeria Dipasquale, Rossella Morello, Claudio Romano, Department of Human Pathology in Adulthood and Childhood “G. Barresi”, University Hospital “G. Martino”, Messina 98124, Italy
Author contributions: Dipasquale V, Morello R and Romano C equally contributed to the article.
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Corresponding author: Valeria Dipasquale, MD, PhD, Doctor, Department of Human Pathology in Adulthood and Childhood “G. Barresi”, University Hospital “G. Martino”, Via Consolare Valeria 1, Messina 98124, Italy.
Received: March 27, 2023
Peer-review started: March 27, 2023
First decision: June 14, 2023
Revised: July 4, 2023
Accepted: August 9, 2023
Article in press: August 9, 2023
Published online: September 9, 2023
Core Tip

Core Tip: Pediatric neuromuscular disorders (NMDs) can be associated with a range of nutritional issues, such as insufficient or excessive weight gain, difficulty in swallowing, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and micronutrient deficiencies. We herein discuss the spectrum of nutritional challenges in children with NMD and summarize the currently available dietary and gastrointestinal recommendations for each neuromuscular disorder to provide guidance for daily clinical practice.