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What is the life expectancy for people who have spinal muscular atrophy?

Depends: Some can live a normal life expectancy. A lot has to do with the care givers. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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?

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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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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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

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