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What is the difference between spinal & progressive muscular atrophy?

What is the difference between spinal & progressive 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 an dystrophy. It is a disease of motor neurons. It is an inherited recessive disease. ...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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If one avoids exercise all their life, is one prone to muscular atrophy?

If one avoids exercise all their life, is one prone to muscular atrophy?

Use it or lose it: Yes, the human body is very efficient in the way it maintains itself. If muscle is not used, then it will be broken down (atrophied). Likewise you will lose bone density as it responds to lack of mechanical stress as it remodels. ...Read more

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What is spinal bulbar muscular atrophy?

What is spinal bulbar muscular atrophy?

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. ...Read more

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What can you do to combat muscular atrophy?

What can you do to combat muscular atrophy?

Exercise: There are many conditions that may lead to muscular wasting. I am confining this to disuse atrophy. Eating a well balanced diet and performing 30 to 40 minutes of exercises will help prevent disuse atrophy. ...Read more

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Why is spinal bulbar muscular atrophy also known as kennedy's disease?

Why is spinal bulbar muscular atrophy also known as kennedy's disease?

Kennedy's Diease: A debilitating neurodegenerative disease resulting in muscle cramps and progressive weakness due to degeneration of motor neurons in the brain stem and spinal cord. The condition is associated with mutation of the androgen receptor (ar) gene and is inherited as a x-linked recessive. As with many genetic disorders, no cure is known, although research continues. Described by dr kennedy in 1968. ...Read more

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Please explain why is spinal bulbar muscular atrophy nicknamed kennedy's disease?

Please explain why is spinal bulbar muscular atrophy nicknamed kennedy's disease?

Discoverer: William r kennedy md first described it in 1966. Full report kennedy wr, alter m, sung jh. Progressive proximal spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy of late onset. A sex-linked recessive trait. Neurology. Jul 1968;18(7):671-80. ...Read more

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What is spinal muscular atrophy?

What is spinal muscular atrophy?

Muscles need nerves: Our muscles need the nerves that supply them or they get weak and "atropy." if the breathing muscles get so weak, then one can not breath and will have respiratory distress where the body can not move air or get rid of air. Hope this helps! take care! ...Read more

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Spinal muscular atrophy-what is it?

Spinal muscular atrophy-what is it?

Heriditary Disease: A group of hereditary-genetic disease that result in muscular atrophy and weakness. They are progressive in nature. There are 4 types. Type i werdnig-hoffmann disease. Also type ii, iii , & the adult onset type iv. Treatment is supportive & physical therapy--to prevent contractures. ...Read more

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What is spinal muscular atrophy type 1?

What is spinal muscular atrophy type 1?

SMA type 1: Rare genetic form where prognosis is poor & life expectancy less than 2 years of age. ...Read more

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Muscle Atrophy (Definition)

muscle that loses bulk ...Read more