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  • Spinal muscular atrophy is an inherited condition.
  • The nerve cells that service the muscles don’t work properly, causing muscle weakness and wasting.
  • A child with SMA type 1 rarely lives beyond three years of age.
  • There is no cure for SMA, but there are some promising treatments being tested in clinical trials. 

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Reviewed on: 07-12-2022