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What questions will your doctor ask about spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) before a diagnosis?

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SMA, which damages the cells that control your muscle movement, can be hard to diagnose because the symptoms may be similar to other conditions. To help figure out what's going on, your doctor may ask you:

  • Has your baby missed any developmental milestones, such as holding his head up or rolling over?
  • Does your child have trouble sitting or standing on his own?
  • Have you seen your child have trouble breathing?
  • When did you first notice the symptoms?
  • Has anyone in your family had similar symptoms?

From: Spinal Muscular Atrophy WebMD Medical Reference

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Genetics Home Reference: "Spinal muscular atrophy."

KidsHealth: "Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)."

MDA.org: "Spinal Muscular Atrophy."

Medscape: "Spinal Muscular Atrophy."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Spinal Muscular Atrophy Information."

Boston Children's Hospital: "Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)."

Jennifer Trust for Spinal Muscular Therapy: "Adult Onset SMA."

Cure SMA: "Therapeutic Approaches."

New England Journal of Medicine : "Single-Dose Gene-Replacement Therapy for Spinal Muscular Atrophy."

Muscular Dystrophy UK: "Developing a genetic therapy for spinal muscular atrophy."

Science Advances : "Gene therapy rescues disease phenotype in a spinal muscular atrophy with respiratory distress type 1 (SMARD1) mouse model."

Columbia University Department of Neurology: "Q&A on Spinraza Treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Patients."

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on May 23, 2019

SOURCES:

Genetics Home Reference: "Spinal muscular atrophy."

KidsHealth: "Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)."

MDA.org: "Spinal Muscular Atrophy."

Medscape: "Spinal Muscular Atrophy."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Spinal Muscular Atrophy Information."

Boston Children's Hospital: "Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)."

Jennifer Trust for Spinal Muscular Therapy: "Adult Onset SMA."

Cure SMA: "Therapeutic Approaches."

New England Journal of Medicine : "Single-Dose Gene-Replacement Therapy for Spinal Muscular Atrophy."

Muscular Dystrophy UK: "Developing a genetic therapy for spinal muscular atrophy."

Science Advances : "Gene therapy rescues disease phenotype in a spinal muscular atrophy with respiratory distress type 1 (SMARD1) mouse model."

Columbia University Department of Neurology: "Q&A on Spinraza Treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Patients."

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on May 23, 2019

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