Spinal muscular atrophy

Case contributed by Dr Abraão Kupske


Examination performed to control tracheostomy in a patient with spinal muscular atrophy. We have no other medical history available.

Patient Data

Age: 11 years
Gender: Female

Pulmonary hypoexpansion and morphostructural changes of the thoracic cavity, with sinus aspect. Thoracolumbar arthrodesis.

Case Discussion

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a group of autosomal recessive disorders in which there is degeneration of the anterior horn cells of the spinal cord and associated muscle weakness, include severe thoracic muscle weakness and difficulty breathing.

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Case information

rID: 56072
Published: 11th Oct 2017
Last edited: 2nd May 2018
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre

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