Spine Surgery Effective in SMA Type 1 Children, But Not Without Risks

Spine Surgery Effective in SMA Type 1 Children, But Not Without Risks

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Spine Surgery Effective in SMA Type 1 Children, But Not Without Risks

Surgery to correct kyphoscoliosis — a combination of two types of abnormal curvature of the spine — allows the successful delivery of Spinraza (nusinersen) into the spinal canal of children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1, a case series study shows. However, post-surgery complications occurred in all four described cases, with each child — who ranged in age from 3 to 7 — subsequently needing additional spinal surgeries. A five-year-old patient required six revision surgeries over…

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