Children with SMA experience a broad spectrum of symptoms, from mild to severe. The primary symptom is a weakness in the voluntary muscles closest to the center of the body, including the:
If the muscles used for breathing and swallowing are affected by SMA, there can be complications or abnormalities in these functions that need to be addressed. Additionally, spinal curvatures can develop if the back muscles weaken. Our expert SMA team is able to evaluate any and all medical issues associated with your child's SMA condition. Also, as a dedicated children's hospital, we have the resources and clinical expertise of any pediatric specialty needed - all under one roof.
Your Arkansas Children's doctor will make sure appropriate medical evaluations are implemented to confirm an accurate diagnosis. These evaluations and tests may include:
Because many neuromuscular diseases – including SMA – are genetic diseases, knowledge of other individuals in the family who have similar symptoms or have been diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease can help to establish and/or confirm a diagnosis.
For families, the multidisciplinary approach to care offered at Arkansas Children’s Spinal Muscular Atrophy Clinic means they will receive comprehensive diagnosis and treatment from health care specialists from a variety of disciplines all at one location, including:
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