Diagnosing Spinal Muscular Atrophy


Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a life-threatening genetic disease that affects approximately 1 in 10,000 babies. The progressive muscle-wasting condition, depending on severity, can leave children unable to walk, sit unaided, swallow, and in very severe cases even breathe.

Read about five experimental SMA therapies you might find interesting.

In this DNA Learning Center video shared in July 2012, Dr. Darryl De Vivo, of Columbia University Medical Center, talks about how SMA is diagnosed.

Read about the four types of spinal muscular atrophy here.

SMA News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

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