Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Yamilet Barron, Ana Contreras, Aileen Castaneda

What is it?

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a genetic disease that attacks the nerve cells and it effects the voluntary muscles. There are many types and some are fatal. SMA will affect babies on crawling, walking, and even breathing.

Causes? Symptoms?

SMA is a genetic disease so it is carried by genes. The type of SMA depends on when you start developing symptoms but the common symptom is weakness in the voluntary muscles.

Treatments? Prevention?

There are machines that can help with breathing, physical therapy, and medicines. There aren't any preventions because it's a genetic disease.

Tests and Diagnosis

The type of SMA will depend on when you start getting symptoms so that would be when you get tests to see what things you need to help you.