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Less severe forms of SMA can emerge and be diagnosed in adulthood.1,2 Compared to childhood SMA, adult SMA may have milder symptoms, but is still progressive. Compared to SMA in childhood, the course of SMA in adults can be more insidious and difficult to recognise.3
This is why it is crucial to know how to identify the main signs and symptoms: if you suspect SMA in one of your patients, refer them to a specialist.
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2. Juntas Morales R, Pageot N, Taieb G, Camu W. Adult-onset spinal muscular atrophy : An update. Rev Neurol (Paris) 2017;173(5):308-19.
3. Wang CH, Finkel RS, Bertini ES, et al. Consensus statement for standard of care in spinal muscular atrophy. J Child Neurol 2007;22(8):1027-49.
4. Arnold WD, et al. Muscle Nerve. 2015;51(2):157-67.
5. Wijngaarde CA, et al. Orphanet J Rare Dis. 2020;15(1):88.