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A 48-year-old member asked:

What is spinal bulbar muscular atrophy?

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Dr. Arthur Lavin
Pediatrics 43 years experience
A neurodegeneration: Sbma is a serious problem in which a gene causes malfunction of male hormones and causes progressive damage to the nerves that control the muscles of the body. As time goes on, men with sbma may experience loss of fertility, impotence, severe weakness, trouble swallowing and breathing, numbness, all that worsen over time, typically in men and typically starting in adulthood.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between spinal & progressive muscular atrophy?

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Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 53 years experience
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 an dystrophy. It is a disease of motor neurons. It is an inherited recessive disease.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me the basics about spinal muscular atrophy?

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Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
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.
A 50-year-old member asked:

What is spinal muscular atrophy type 1?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
SMA type 1: Rare genetic form where prognosis is poor & life expectancy less than 2 years of age.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Can someone tell me if spinal muscular atrophy is hereditary?

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Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 37 years experience
Unfortunately yes: There are hereditary forms of spinal muscle atrophy that are grouped together based on age of onset and distribution of weakness within the limbs. Please see a neuromuscular specialist to secure the right diagnosis. Good luck and well wishes.

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