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.

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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...

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...

Can someone tell me if spinal muscular atrophy is hereditary?

Of course it is. See http://mda.org/disease/spinal-muscular-atrophy/causes-inheritance. Read more...
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...

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...
Depends on subtype. Werdnig-hoffmann, maybe 2 yrs, chronic infantile, perhaps 20-30 yrs, and kugelberg-welander, full life span. 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...

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...

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...
It is an inherited. Disease due to a generic defect that results in muscular damage. There are different types and some more severe than others. Hope this helps! Read more...

Spinal muscular atrophy-what is it?

Heriditary Disease. A group of hereditary-genetic disease that result in muscular atrophy and weakness. They are progressive in nature. There are 4 types. Type i werdnig-hoffmann disease. Also type ii, iii , & the adult onset type iv. Treatment is supportive & physical therapy--to prevent contractures. Read more...