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Spinal muscular atrophy


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How might spinal muscular atrophy be treated?

Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for spinal muscular atrophy. Treatment is supportive and based on the signs and symptoms present in each person.[1]

The Spinal Muscular Atrophy Foundation offers many patient resources regarding the treatment and management of people with spinal muscular atrophy. To access these resources, please click on the link.

CureSMA has a Web page entitled "Living with SMA" which includes management options for some of the key medical issues associated with spinal muscular atrophy and strategies for daily care.
Last updated: 1/8/2016

  1. Learning About Spinal Muscular Atrophy. National Human Genome Research Institute. 2012;

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