Pediatric neurologist, Children’s Health; assistant professor, UT Southwestern Medical Center; center director, Cure SMA Care Center; and co-director, Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic–Dallas
Advice to Community Neurologists Treating SMA
Closing thoughts on advice to community neurologists treating spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).
Importance of Follow-Up Visits for SMA Amid COVID-19
Experts remind families of the importance of follow-up visits with the multidisciplinary team during COVID-19.
Telehealth During COVID-19
Resources are discussed, including the Child Neurology Foundation’s telehealth tip sheet, to help families navigate telehealth.
SMA Resources for Physicians and Families
Several spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) resources are suggested to help physicians and families, including Cure SMA and standard of care guidelines.
Discussing the Diagnosis of SMA With the Family
Discussing the diagnosis of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) with the family and lining up appointments with the multidisciplinary team to help care for the patient.
Evaluation of Suspected SMA via In-Person and Remote Exam
Diana Castro, M.D., stresses the value of the initial in-person neurology visit for evaluation of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) to ensure a correct diagnosis. The next step in the process would be genetic testing.
Signs and Symptoms of SMA
The signs and symptoms leading a pediatrician to a diagnosis of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) are discussed.
Newborn Screening for SMA
Diana Castro, M.D., discusses newborn screening for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and suggests how to care for patients after the results are received.
Referral of SMA to a Neurologist
Early recognition and referral of a patient with suspected spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) to a neurologist.
Virtual Exam Findings in an Infant Affected by Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Garey H. Noritz, MD, walks us through a virtual pediatric neurological exam and notes examination findings that may be identified in an infant with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).
Pediatric Neurological Exam to Identify SMA
Diana Castro, MD walks us through a pediatric neurological exam and notes examination findings that may be identified in an infant with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).
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