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Spinal Muscular Atrophy

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Neuromuscular conditions in children are difficult to diagnose and have a variable treatment result. Weakness and floppiness of muscles are its main features. The problem may lie in the muscle itself, the nerves, the junction between the muscle and the nerve, or spinal cord. Sometimes the problem may lie in the Brain or in the Genes/Chromosomes. One of the most severe and devastating form of neuromuscular condition in children is Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). These children are either seen in the newborn period as floppy babies or after 6 months of age due to concerns about their ability to sit, stand, walk, breath and swallow. Around one in 6000 to one in 10000 children are born with this disease, in the world per year.

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