This genetic disease attacks the motor neurons in the spinal cord, causing weakness and wasting of the voluntary muscles. Although it usually manifests itself in infants and toddlers, adults with milder forms may be asymptomatic until later in life. Keep reading to learn more.

Causes & Triggers

  • Genetics/heredity

Signs & Symptoms

  • Difficulty or inability to walk, stand, sit, move
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Respiratory illness
  • Spinal deformity

Tips & Treatments

  • There is no cure for SMA.
  • It is the leading cause of genetic death in infants and toddlers.
  • Seek the medical advice of a well-qualified orthopedic physician for help with managing symptoms and preventing complications.