An infant with SMA may rely on your prompt recognition of potential SMA signs4 and rapid referral to a specialist neuromuscular center5,6
A prompt and direct referral will enable:4,5
Early access to specialist care5
Timely genetic testing6
Early medical intervention to limit disease progression4,5
Achievement of optimal outcomes4,5
As a physician, you are uniquely placed to be alert to the signs and refer immediately to a pediatric neurologist.4–6 Unless there is a family history, diagnosis is generally prompted by the clinical signs of SMA6
Be alert to the SMA warning signs3
If you suspect SMA act immediately2
Refer urgently to a pediatric neurologist5,6
Discussing concerns over a child’s development is often challenging, this can be a stressful time for parents and caregivers.7,8 It is vital to use your clinical judgement,2 as early diagnosis of SMA is essential5,9
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