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SMA: A “Rare” Disease

Lorson describes Spinal Muscular Atrophy, or SMA, a pediatric neurodegenerative disease that affects children. Thought by many to be a “rare” disease, SMA is unfortunately quite common, occurring once in every six thousand live births worldwide. A devastating diagnosis, SMA is the leading cause of infantile death.

Race for a Cure

Christian Lorson
Associate Professor, Veterinary Medicine
UM Columbia

By Tanya Sneddon