Spinal Muscular Atrophy is a rare inherited genetic disease that is characterised by a loss of nerve cells called motor neurons. The loss of these motor neurons leads to the progressive muscle weakness and wasting. It will waste away not only the muscles you see, like your arms and legs, but your internal muscles as well, like you’re breathing, coughing and swallowing.
All these muscles are necessary for our daily function, like crawling, walking, and sitting, feeding and swallowing. The weakening of the respiratory muscles (muscles involved in breathing and coughing) is usually the main complication with an increased tendency for pneumonia and other lung problems.
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