One-hour webinar, ‘Straightening the Growing Spine,” describes bracing and surgery options for children with a spinal curvature caused by a neuromuscular disorder
posted on January 25, 2013 - 10:23am
A one-hour, MDA-sponsored webinar features two physicians and the parent of a child with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) who has undergone bracing and surgery for a spinal curvature, as well as questions and answers from listeners.
SMA is caused by a deficiency of a motor neuron protein called SMN (survival of motor neurons). This deficiency results when there is a faulty gene on chromosome 5. The disease causes a loss of nerve cells (motor neurons) in the spinal cord.
One in every 40 people carries the gene flaw that causes SMA. Both parents must carry the gene flaw for SMA to be passed on; each of their children has a 25...