Standard of Care for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

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While spinal muscular atrophy primarily manifests with weakness of skeletal muscle, secondary complications regularly accompany that weakness and further compromise overall functioning. Difficulties with breathing, progressive skeletal deformity, impaired nutrition, and other problems often cause early death, may be discomforting or painful, and limit access to a normal life. Much that is the experience of spinal muscular atrophy is the experience of its complications. Complications also greatly confound clinical trial design, necessitating more expensive trials that have less statistical power to identify a treatment effect. Development and refinement of a current standard of care is an ongoing process that aspires to lessen the burden of disease and level of weakness at every age. Advancement of understanding about the best possible standard of care aims both to benefit clinical research and to improve the life of affected individuals and their families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpinal Muscular Atrophy
Subtitle of host publicationDisease Mechanisms and Therapy
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780128036860
ISBN (Print)9780128036853
StatePublished - 2017


  • Contracture
  • Cough assist
  • Noninvasive ventilation
  • Respiratory complications
  • Scoliosis
  • Skeletal deformity
  • Spinal muscular atrophy
  • Spinal muscular atrophy nutrition
  • Standard of care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Neuroscience


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