How long can someone live with type 1 SMA (spinal muscular atrophy)?

Years. Although we used to see these children pass away within the first 1-2 years of life, now with good handwashing, treatment of infection, and machine ventilation, lifespan has increased.

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How long can a child live successfully with type one SMA (spinal muscular atrophy)?

Depends on type. Prognosis is poor for infants with sma type i. Most die w/in the 1st 2 years. Sma type ii: prognosis for life expectancy or independent standing/walking roughly correlates with how old they are when they first begin to experience sx's - older children tend to have less severe symptoms life expectancy is reduced with survivers in young adulthood. Type iii prone to resp. Infections-nml life span. Read more...

How much time can a child live with type one SMA (spinal muscular atrophy)?

Not too long. Most children with type one SMA unfortunately develop severe muscle weakness that reflects on their ability to breath effectively and would pass away within few months of life unless they get on long term mechanical ventilation. Such a treatment is generally not recommended as it would prolong suffering with no improvement in the muscle function. . Read more...

What is SMA (spinal muscular atrophy)? Is it treatable?

SMA. Genetic disorder affecting control of muscle movement, caused by loss of motor neurons in brain stem & spinal cord, leading to weakness & wasting of muscles used for activities such as crawling or walking. Treatment is palliative. Read more...

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...

A friend's child has been diagnosed with SMA (spinal muscular atrophy). Does this happen to be a mitochondrial disease?

Most are gene mutatn. There are many subtypes of spinal muscular atrophy.Gene mutations have been associated with specific chromasomes including the x, 5th, 11th, 12th& 20th. This defect is generally passed as an autosomal recessive or x linked disorder. Other forms are possible. Read more...
SMA. Sma is not a mitochondrial disease. It's a recessive gene on chromosome 5. Read more...

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...

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...