spinal muscular atrophy

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spinal muscular atrophy

n.
Any of several forms of a hereditary, progressive disease that involves loss of motor neurons in the spinal cord and brainstem and is characterized by muscle weakness and atrophy that vary in severity and age of onset.
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ALS is also called a "motor neuron disease;" which is a general term that refers to a group of disorders that also includes Werdnig-Hoffmann disease, intermediate spinal muscular atrophy, Kugelberg-Welander disease and Aran-Duchenne spinal muscular atrophy.
Cody Miller (14, Port Neches, TX) - Cody was diagnosed with a type of Muscular Dystrophy known as Intermediate Spinal Muscular Atrophy or SMA Type 2 at the age of three.

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