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Have you experienced muscle weakness? Less severe forms of SMA can emerge and be diagnosed in adulthood.1,2 Compared to childhood SMA, adult SMA may have milder symptoms, but is still progressive. Compared to SMA in childhood, the course of SMA in adults can be more insidious and difficult to recognise.3
This is why it is crucial to know how to identify the main signs and symptoms: if you are in doubt, ask your doctor.
“When I got the diagnosis, I was 16, going on my 17, I took it pretty good because it was putting a name on what I had.”
A lot has changed in the management of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Ask your doctor for a special referral today.
1. Montes J. Spinal Muscular Atrophy in Adults. [online] [cited 2020 Nov 30]. Available from: URL: https://www.neuropt.org/docs/degenerative-diseases-sig/spinalmuscular-atrophy-in-adults.pdf?sfvrsn=8d2aae96_2.
2. Juntas Morales R, Pageot N, Taieb G, Camu W. Adult-onset spinal muscular atrophy : and update. Rev Neurol (Paris) 2017;173(5):308-19.
3. Wang CH, Finkel RS, Bertini ES, et al. Consensus statement for standard of care in spinal muscular atrophy. J Child Neurol 2007;22(8):1027-49.
4. Arnold WD, et al. Muscle Nerve. 2015;51(2):157-67.
5. Wijngaarde CA, et al. Orphanet J Rare Dis. 2020;15(1):88.