5 Treatments to Help Manage SMA

4. Breathing Support


Breathing exercises can be helpful for SMA patients to avoid respiratory infections. For severe cases of spinal muscular atrophy, the patient may need assistance with breathing and have to use oxygen through a mask or tube. Suction machines are also available for those who have difficulty swallowing.

SMA patients are advised to have a flu jab each year to prevent respiratory infections.

Here are 10 tips to get you through cold and flu season. 


  1. Elizabeth Brimi says:

    My daughter Catherine Ann has the 2 SMA and according to doctors at a early age predicted she wouldn’t live past 5 and now 35 yrs old and living with me! My questions are related to extend pain and we are needing help to motivate her to do more activities but always says no! She is extremely heavy for me to even lift! She is very intelligent and worries about the babies born with SMA! Wants to advocate for families. Please help in anyway!

    • Dianne Roncal, DMD says:

      Hi Elizabeth, we are very sorry to hear that but still so glad that your daughter is continuously fighting this disease. It would be a big help to find a support group in your area. Also, you might want to check out very inspiring articles written by our columnists who are fighting this disease: https://smanewstoday.com/category/columns/

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