A genetic disorder that hampers the functioning of your overall motor and muscle skills is known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy. The most common signs of this problem starts off with muscle weakness that is followed with trouble maintaining good posture, using your muscles for controlled movements and there is also pain and swelling. Breathing problems also follow suit.
HOW IS SPINAL MUSCULAR ATROPHY DIAGNOSED?
A neurologist diagnosis this condition by the following tests:
• Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)
• CPK levels
• DNA testing to confirm diagnosis
• Electromyography (EMG)
• MRI of the spine
• Muscle biopsy
• Nerve conduction
• Serum amino acids
• Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH)
HOW IS SPINAL MUSCULAR ATROPHY TREATED?
There is no pharmacological treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy, only symptomatic care can be provided. Orthopedic surgery to correct the spine may be performed on children above the age of 10. Orthotic devices can be used for supporting mobility. Respiratory care is provided through ventilator
DID YOU KNOW?
Spinal Muscular Atrophy runs in families, parents may not have symptoms but carry the genes.