Sleep Disorders in Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Sleep Disorders in Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Those with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) often suffer from sleep disorders, but the specific reasons for sleep disturbances vary. For instance, some studies on SMA report sleep disturbances resulting from breathing disorders like sleep apneas, whereas others report...
Nephrolithiasis (Kidney Stones) in Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Nephrolithiasis (Kidney Stones) in Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Nephrolithiasis is not a classic or well-documented symptom of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Nonetheless, anecdotal reports from physicians, patients, and caregivers suggest that patients with SMA may suffer from kidney stones more frequently than an otherwise...
Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Psychological Support

Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Psychological Support

Psychological support for patients and families is a critical but often neglected component of care in Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).1 Families will have psychological support needs that differ depending on where they are in their respective healthcare odysseys, from...
Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Assessment of Growth and Growth Delay

Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Assessment of Growth and Growth Delay

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a congenital, progressive neuromuscular disease with the most common age of onset in early childhood.1 Childhood is a period of significant growth and development. While patients with some forms of SMA (type 0 and 1) will experience...