Spinraza-Zolgensma Combination Well-tolerated in Children with SMA Type 1, Study Shows

Spinraza-Zolgensma Combination Well-tolerated in Children with SMA Type 1, Study Shows

Combining Spinraza (nusinersen) with the gene therapy Zolgensma (onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi) is generally well-tolerated and sustains motor improvements in children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1, according to a case series study. The data, which...
Respiratory Weakness in SMA Most Pronounced in Childhood, Study Finds

Respiratory Weakness in SMA Most Pronounced in Childhood, Study Finds

Lung function in people with earlier-onset forms of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) tends to decline gradually throughout childhood and stabilizes in early adulthood, according to data from a population-based natural history study. The study, “Natural history of lung...
Lung Ultrasound Reliable Option to Chest X-rays for Monitoring Children

Lung Ultrasound Reliable Option to Chest X-rays for Monitoring Children

Lung ultrasound is a safe and reliable bedside tool to detect atelectasis (partial lung collapse) early in children with neuromuscular diseases, including spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a study suggests. This radiation-free method could be used to monitor lung health...
FDA Approves AveXis’ Gene Therapy Zolgensma to Treat SMA in Children Up to Age 2

FDA Approves AveXis’ Gene Therapy Zolgensma to Treat SMA in Children Up to Age 2

Zolgensma, a first gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy — and first for any chronic neurologic disease — is now an approved and potential “one-time” intravenous treatment for pre-symptomatic newborns through 2-year-olds with any type of SMA, the U.S. Food and Drug...
What is Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)?

What is Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)?

  Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a congenital neuromuscular disorder characterized most prominently by progressive muscle atrophy and weakness.1 SMA is a neurodegenrative disease and the weakness and loss of muscle tone associated with SMA are the direct result...
Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Prognosis

Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Prognosis

The disease course and prognosis of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) depends heavily on the clinical classification in a particular patient. For example, the prognosis of children with SMA type 0 is very poor while the prognosis in SMA type 4 patients is relatively good....