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SMA: 4 things to know
San Diego Union-Tribune

Type I spinal muscular atrophy (also known as Werdnig-Hoffman disease) is a severe form of the disorder that is diagnosed at birth or within the first few months of an infant’s life. Infants who have this type of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) are developmentally delayed, so much so that most are unable to support their head or sit without help. Children with this type of SMA have breathing and swallowing problems that can lead to choking or gagging.