Spinal muscular atrophy 1
Other Names for this Disease
- Muscular atrophy, infantile
- Proximal spinal muscular atrophy, type 1
- SMA, infantile acute form
- Werdnig Hoffmann disease
spinal muscular atrophy. Symptoms of SMA1 become apparent before 6 months of age and include worsening muscle weakness and poor muscle tone (hypotonia) due to loss of the lower motor neurons in the spinal cord and brain stem. Feeding and breathing problems are also present. SMA1 is caused by changes (mutations) in the SMN1 gene and is typically inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. Around 2% of cases are not inherited and are due to new mutations in the affected person. Treatment is symptomatic and aims to improve quality of life.Spinal muscular atrophy 1 (SMA1), also known as Werdnig Hoffmann disease, is a severe type of
Last updated: 1/21/2015
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- Families of SMA has created a booklet entitled Understanding SMA that is intended to serve as a source of information and support for children and adults with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).
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