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Learn more about Spinal muscular atrophy

Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is spinal muscular atrophy?

Spinal muscular atrophy is a group of genetic disorders in which a person cannot control the movement of their muscles due to a loss of nerve cells in the spinal cord and brainstem. It causes muscle wasting and weakness.

Symptoms of spinal muscular atrophy

  • Falling frequently

  • Fine tremor of the hands and fingers

  • Weakness in arms or legs

  • Difficulty in walking

  • Difficulty pronouncing words

  • Unable to move both legs

  • Difficulty swallowing food or water

  • Unable to move both arms

Questions your doctor may ask to check for spinal muscular atrophy

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose spinal muscular atrophy

  • Do you feel that you fall over or slip more often?

  • Do you have a slight trembling of your fingers?

  • Do you feel any weakness in your arms or legs?

  • Do you have any difficulty walking?

  • Do you have difficulty pronouncing words properly?

Treatment for spinal muscular atrophy

There is no cure for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) currently.Treatment and support is available to manage the symptoms and to help have the best possible quality of life. The FDA has approved some medications which are forms of gene therapy.

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