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Dr. Nizar Kherallah
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Spinal Muscular Atrophy (Overview)

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, from newborns to adults.


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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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Dr. Nizar Kherallah
28 doctors shared insights

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (Overview)

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, from newborns to adults.


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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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Managing Spinal Stenosis (Checklist)

Use NSAIDs for relief
Daily
Get an Xray/MRI if not better in 6 weeks
Once
See a spine specialist if not better in 6 weeks
Once
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Is it possible for a newborn baby to be diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy?

Is it possible for a newborn baby to be diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy?

Yes: The most aggressive form of sma is evident in early infancy with deminished strength & muscle tone, the often never sit & succumb to the disease within the first two years.Lesser forms exist. Most result from a defect in the neuron survivor function encoded from chromosome 5 & are transmitted as a recessive trait. Recurrence is possible for any future pregnancy, carrier detection is available. ...Read more

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I have spinal muscular atrophy. Is there any cure or anything i can do to improve my condition?

I have spinal muscular atrophy. Is there any cure or anything i can do to improve my condition?

Perhaps: Spinal muscular atrophy is a hereditary condition which may plateau and not rapidly progress as one gets older. Physical therapists could design exercise program, and perhaps acupuncture could assist in the control of aching and fatigue. But all in all, no true cure, and symptomatic approache best way so far. ...Read more

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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

Rest
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Use NSAIDs to decrease inflammation
Daily
Use pain medications on an as-needed basis
Daily
Consider MRI to evaluate fracture
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I have spinal muscular atrophy 3, is there anything that causes sxs to progress after long periods of being stable and do all 3s loose ability to wal?

Disease course: In SMA type III, the later the onset of symptoms, the better the long-term prognosis. Individuals may be prone to respiratory infections but with care may have a normal lifespan. Keep up with your team of specialists including neurologist (neuromuscular focus), pulmonologist, PT, nutritionist, & orthopedist. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/sma/sma.htm ...Read more

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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

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How can you prevent spinal muscular atrophy?

How can you prevent spinal muscular atrophy?

Counseling : Genetic counseling is advised for those who have a family history of spinal muscular atrophy who wish to have children. This group of diseases is inherited. Prevention is through counseling. ...Read more

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A neighbor child has SMA (spinal muscular atrophy). Is this a genetic disease?

Yes: It's an autosomal recessive disease. That means that it takes a copy of the defective gene from each parent. Most of the time the parents of a child with sma are carriers, meaning they only have one copy of the defective gene. It is not contagious. ...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


Dr. Will Moorehead
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Muscle Atrophy (Definition)

muscle that loses bulk ...Read more