Spinal muscular atrophy
- Spinal muscular atrophy 1
- Spinal muscular atrophy Ryukyuan type
- Spinal muscular atrophy type 1 with congenital bone fractures
- Spinal muscular atrophy type 2
- Spinal muscular atrophy type 3
Spinal muscular atrophy is a group of inherited disorders that cause progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. It is caused by a loss of specialized nerve cells, called motor neurons, in the spinal cord and the part of the brain that is connected to the spinal cord (the brainstem). The loss of motor neurons leads to weakness and wasting (atrophy) of muscles used for activities such as crawling, walking, sitting up, and controlling head movement. In severe cases, the muscles used for breathing and swallowing are affected. Spinal muscular atrophy is divided into subtypes based on the severity of the disease and the age when symptoms first appear. It is usually inherited as an autosomal recessive trait.
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