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Pediatric Spinal Muscular Atrophy

What is spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)?

Spinal muscular atrophy is a genetic disease that affects the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord, resulting in progressive muscle wasting and weakness. It typically begins in infancy or childhood years and affects about 1 in 11,000 babies.

Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Justin Burton

Justin Burton

Division Chief, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
Pediatric Rehabilitation Specialist
Jeffrey Rabin

Jeffrey Rabin

Vice-Chair, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
Pediatric Rehabilitation Specialist
Chronic Pain Specialist
Departments

Departments

Movement Disorders Program

The Movement Disorders Program at Children’s National Hospital offers evaluation, diagnosis and treatment to more than 400 children each year with conditions that affect the speed, quality and ease of their movement.