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Without intervention, people living with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) will continue to experience disease progression.1 The ability to stabilise patients’ disease is considered an important goal as it allows valuable motor functions and quality of life to be preserved.
Explore the sections below to learn more about what matters most to patients, as well as the latest updates to standards of care that make referral to an SMA specialist your crucial next step.
Less severe forms of SMA can emerge and be diagnosed in adulthood.2,3 Compared to childhood SMA, adult SMA may have milder symptoms, but is still progressive. Compared to SMA in childhood, the course of SMA in adults can be more insidious and difficult to recognise.4
This is why it is crucial to know how to identify the main signs and symptoms: if you suspect SMA in one of your patients, refer them to a specialist.
In the adult patient, a detailed history may help point to a diagnosis, including:
SAMUEL - A young adult living with SMA, who was diagnosed as an adolescent and his perspective on life with SMA.
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SMA is a debilitating neuromuscular disease characterised by motor neuron degeneration and loss of muscle strength.7 As the disease progresses, patients face the gradual erosion of pulmonary and motor functions to the point where even simple tasks become impossible.1,8-10
Given that prospect, any treatment that can stabilise disease progression will be welcomed as a therapeutic breakthrough.10
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WHAT THEY CHERISH MOST.
REFER THEM TO A SPECIALIST
People living with SMA have become aware that disease stabilisation is key to maintaining an optimal quality of life.10
Optimising the care of adult patients living with SMA is all about delivering high-quality, evidence-based, and patient-centered healthcare.11 More importantly, it’s about helping patients get the most from their lives on a day-to-day basis.
Why is disease stabilisation
The results of a European-wide survey** of patients and their caregivers identified the top three functions that patients hoped to preserve in order to maintain their independence:10
functions patients want to PRESERVE are:
felt that a treatment that could stabilise their disease would represent MAJOR THERAPEUTIC PROGRESS10
Things that people often take for granted like being able to shower or bathe, using the toilet, and being able to eat independently are essential for everybody but especially for those people living with SMA, because it means sustaining independence and dignity.10
Once thought to be primarily a childhood disease, SMA can be diagnosed in adolescents and adults.13 Meet Michel and Samuel and put yourself in the shoes of adults living with SMA or their family.
MICHEL - A caregiver of a young adult living with SMA and his family’s journey.
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Treatment expectations for adults living with SMA have changed.
Download the step-by-step guide below or visit the patient site to gain tips about discussing potential care options.
**A questionnaire assessing the impact of Type 2 or Type 3 SMA on patients’ quality of life and their expectations relating to new treatments was sent out directly via electronic mailing to the targeted patient population by SMA-Europe member organizations in July 2015. 822 valid replies were collected from 16 countries.10
HFMSE=Hammersmith Functional Motor Scale-Expanded
People living with SMA can expect better outcomes through better care options. Improved management of the disease coupled with different care options could lead to a better quality of life for people living with SMA.14,15
Ongoing research is providing an ever-increasing understanding of the science behind SMA and care options.14-16
There has been considerable research into SMA in recent years:3,17-19
in SMA studies between 2001-2011 and 2011-2021*17,18
currently studying SMA*19
Most importantly, specialist neurologists now have access to care options with the potential to stabilise your patient’s disease and help preserve the functions so important to them.14,15,20
* Calculated based on search results on data accurate as of 22 March 2021
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Updates on diagnosis, rehabilitation, orthopaedic and spinal management; and nutritional, swallowing and gastrointestinal management:14
Updates on pulmonary management, acute care, other organ involvement, ethical issues, medications, and the impact of new care options:15
To help facilitate discussions with your patient, there are patient-support materials you can download:
Summary of the latest SMA Standards of Care for SITTERS
Summary of the latest SMA Standards of Care for WALKERS
be sure that your patient is receiving the
most up-to-date standards of care.
refer them to a specialist
It is important that you talk with your patient about the benefits of a specialist neurologist referral.
Without intervention, SMA patients will continuously lose motor function.1 Acting early enough can make a difference to the life of your SMA patient.
It is important that your patients are genetically tested.
Once referred, a specialist neurologist will provide your patient with a genetic test (if they haven’t had one already).
Genetic testing will identify whether your patient is eligible for care options that are suitable for those with a specific genetic diagnosis.1
If your patient has a condition that is not SMA, referral will allow other care options to be discussed.21
Download the HCP-Patient Dialogue Booklet to find out more about the benefits of treatment, shared-decision making and what is important for adults living with SMA.
You can also suggest to your patients to visit the patient site for more information.
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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.
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*Potential ability to scroll down a website is supported by: Item C: Tracing a Path and Item G: Pushing a Button Light on the Revised upper limb module for spinal muscular atrophy22
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22. Mazzone ES, et al. Revised upper limb module for spinal muscular atrophy: Development of a new module. Muscle Nerve. 2017 Jun;55(6):869-874. doi: 10.1002/mus.25430. Epub 2017 Feb 6.