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Urgency for Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

Accreditation Type: AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM/ABP MOC Part 2
Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 15 minutes

Early diagnosis of the underlying cause of hypotonia in infants is challenging given the extensive differential. However, early therapeutic intervention in treatable neuromuscular disorders, specifically Spinal Muscular Atrophy, preserves muscle function, improves quality of life, and increases survival rates. Participants will attain an enhanced understanding of early clinical presentation and current management guidelines to reduce diagnostic delay.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of the activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of infants with treatable neuromuscular diseases, specifically Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Recognize the early clinical presentation of Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Differentiate Spinal Muscular Atrophy from other causes of infantile hypotonia
  • Summarize current standards of care for infants diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Understand the status of newborn screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • FACULTY
    Claudia Chiriboga, MD, MPH

    Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics (in the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center)
    Columbia University Medical Center

    Mary Curry, ND
    Senior Manager of Clinical Affairs
    Cure SMA

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