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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Spinal Muscular Atrophy

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What are alternative treatment methods for spinal muscular atrophy?

What are alternative treatment methods for spinal muscular atrophy?

Well not sure: What treatments you are getting. In general muscle exercises and physical therapy are useful. Do they know why your spinal muscles are atrophied? Ask yuor doctor who is handling this. There is no quick cure. ...Read more

Atrophy (Definition)

Atrophy usually refers to the skin-as you get older or if you have had alot of sun in the past-the dermis (that is the layer below the top layer which is called the epidermis) gets thinner and the skin looks more wrinked. Muscles and fat can also get thinner -this is another form of atrophy. Even the top layer gets thinner ...Read more


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Could use your help docs! my brother is suffering from spinal muscular atrophy stage 2. Is there any treatment?

Could use your help docs! my brother is suffering from spinal muscular atrophy stage 2. Is there any treatment?

SMA: Supportive treatments with the goal of improving the quality of life. Details can be found online at The Spinal Muscular Atrophy Foundation or Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy. ...Read more

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Waht can you tell me about spinal muscular atrophy?

Waht can you tell me about spinal muscular atrophy?

Spinal cord & muscle: Spinal muscular atrophy (sma) refers to a group of disorders that affect the nerve cells (anterior horn cells) that connect from the spinal cord to the muscles. There are several types depending on whether the disease starts in infancy, childhood, or young adulthood. Some genetic causes are known. There is no cure and treatment is supportive. For more info: www.Smafoundation.Org & www.Fsma.Org. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the basics about spinal muscular atrophy?

Can you tell me the basics about spinal muscular atrophy?

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. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me if spinal muscular atrophy is hereditary?

Can someone tell me if spinal muscular atrophy is hereditary?

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. ...Read more

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Please tell me what are the usual symptoms of spinal muscular atrophy?

Please tell me what are the usual symptoms of spinal muscular atrophy?

Weakness: Term implies a type of genetic disorder, which has several variations, and usually presents in early childhood. It may present as a "floppy infant", but can also cause a progressive generalized symmetrical weakness and muscular atrophy, more proximal than distal. Difficulty swallowing and breathing may be seen late in the disorder. ...Read more

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Differentiate between duchenne and spinal muscular atrophy?

Differentiate between duchenne and spinal muscular atrophy?

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. ...Read more

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Is Emg/ncs sufficient to diagnose spinal Muscular atrophy ?

Is Emg/ncs sufficient to diagnose spinal Muscular atrophy ?

No single test......: ......should EVER be considered SUFFICIENT to diagnosse any type of medical process or pathology. Medicine is the thoughtful blend between clinical knowledge and gestalt, diagnostic fact, & sometimes a little luck so that a story is put together in a reasonable and coherent way. No single test should ever be used to state dogmatically that "This IS or This ISN'T!" Good doctors avoid that pitfall. ...Read more

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Does spinal muscular atrophy (sma) prevent children from speaking?

Does spinal muscular atrophy (sma) prevent children from speaking?

Yes: If they live long enough and have enough physical strength. This is a family of cruel diseases of widely variable severity. ...Read more

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Where can I find information on carrier screening for spinal muscular atrophy?

Where can I find information on carrier screening for spinal muscular atrophy?

Genetics counselor : Been thru this with my first daughter. I was fortunately not a carrier and my daughter is fine. Your local hospital should have a genetics counselor who can go over all the info available such as testing, results, and options. ...Read more

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Dr. Nizar Kherallah
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Spinal Muscular Atrophy (Definition)

SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) is a condition in which a person has degeneration of some of the nerves in his spinal cord, resulting in weakness and wasting (atrophy) of the muscles that the damaged nerves connect to. Different types of SMA affect different age groups, ...Read more


Dr. Will Moorehead
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Muscle Atrophy (Definition)

muscle that loses bulk ...Read more