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differentiate between duchenne and spinal muscular atrophy?

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Dr. Will Moorehead
51 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Muscle vs motor neur: Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a disease of the muscles wherein the muscles degenerate and are replaced by fibrous and fatty tissue. Spinal muscular atrophy may look similar, but it is not a dystrophy. It is a disease of motor neurons. It is an inherited recessive disease.
Answered on Apr 4, 2014
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Dr. Keith Baldwin
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Diagnostics: Muscle biopsy or EMG will be able to differentiate. Presenting symptoms may lead one to be suspected more than the other as well.
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Dr. Aaron Haug
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Initial description: This disorder was first described by dr. William r. Kennedy.
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Dr. Darren Gitelman
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Dr. Craig Morton
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See below: SMA is group of hereditary diseases that cause weakness and wasting of the voluntary muscles in the arms and legs of infants and children.

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