The characters shown are real patients and the required consent to use their stories has been obtained from the patients and families. Photographs are for illustrative purposes only.
Every child with SMA is affected differently. Age of onset, symptoms, characteristics of SMA and disease severity differ greatly from one child to the next.
When SMA is suspected a paediatrician or paediatric neurologist may order genetic testing, which can help confirm or rule out the disease.1
Families of children with SMA may become experts in caring for their child. They know and understand more than anyone else, that caring for a child with SMA is an around-the-clock activity.2
The characters shown are real patients and the required consent to use their stories has been obtained from the patients and families.
Photographs are for illustrative purposes only.
We have a longstanding commitment to the research of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in an effort to improve the lives of individuals with this rare disease and their families.
At Biogen, we are committed to supporting those with spinal muscular atrophy and their care team. Our hope for Together in SMA is that, by providing information, we can help you to get the most up-to-date care, and to help guide conversations with your doctors.
Here you'll find information about spinal muscular atrophy and its symptoms, insights into care options, and perspectives from people living with SMA, experienced caregivers and healthcare professionals on topics ranging from nutrition to adaptive equipment.
Biogen is working with a number of organisations dedicated to individuals living with SMA.
1. Mercuri E, et al. Diagnosis and management of spinal muscular atrophy: Part 1: Recommendations for diagnosis, rehabilitation, orthopedic and nutritional care. Neuromuscl Disord. 2018;28(2):103-115.
2. Families of SMA. Breathing Basics: Respiratory Care for Children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy – a Guide for Parents and Professionals [online] [cited 2020 Aug 27] Available from: URL: https://www.curesma.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/breathing-basics.pdf.