(From the August 2015 Issue of MedStat)
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the most common form of motor neuron disease. It primarily affects infants and children, and it occurs in one in 10,000 births. This makes SMA the most common fatal genetic disease of infants, and the second most common (after cystic fibrosis) autosomal recessive genetic disorder. It is estimated that there are seven million carriers in the United States.
The SMA Clinic is a joint program between Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for patients from across the U.S. Specialized services include the following disciplines: Neurology, Pulmonary Medicine, Rehabilitation (Inpatient), Respiratory Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Genetics and Patient Care Specialists in nutrition and dietetics, social work, orthopedics, gastroenterology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, developmental medicine, general pediatrics and hospice care.
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