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Is it possible for a newborn baby to be diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
Yes. There are a variety of tests including genetic, conduction studies and muscle tests that can be done.
I currently have an infant patient with this diagnosis. The causes are unknown.

In brief: Yes
Yes. There are a variety of tests including genetic, conduction studies and muscle tests that can be done.
I currently have an infant patient with this diagnosis. The causes are unknown.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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