Spinal muscular atrophy: survival pattern and functional status.

@article{Chung2004SpinalMA,
  title={Spinal muscular atrophy: survival pattern and functional status.},
  author={Brian Hon-Yin Chung and Virginia Chun-Nei Wong and Patrick Ip},
  journal={Pediatrics},
  year={2004},
  volume={114 5},
  pages={e548-53}
}
OBJECTIVE Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is common. The prevalence of SMA in southern Chinese is 1 in 53,000. The clinical course is variable. The traditional classification of SMA includes age of onset, age of death, achievement of motor milestones, and ambulatory status as criteria. There was a lack of inclusion of the best lifetime functional status of any child with SMA. With the advances in medical care, the life expectancy and ambulatory status of patients with SMA have improved. The… CONTINUE READING

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