3 doctors weighed in:
A neighbor child has SMA (spinal muscular atrophy). Is this a genetic disease?
3 doctors weighed in

Dr. Thomas Seck
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Thomas Seck
Dr. Thomas Seck
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
48 years in practice
55M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors