Neonatal screening pilot project for spinal muscular atrophy begins

A pilot project involving newborn babies being screened for the early signs of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) will be launched at the Narodni Front maternity hospital in Belgrade next week, said the Serbian Spinal Muscular Atrophy Association.

What a multidisciplinary approach to treatment is and how important it is for patients with spinal muscular atrophy are just some of the topics discussed at this year’s regional conference organized by the Serbian Spinal Muscular Atrophy Association. More than 30 of the most eminent Serbian and foreign experts dealing with this rare and serious disease gathered in Belgrade to present the latest findings in this field.

Spinal muscular atrophy is a very serious and progressive disease, which symptoms usually develop in the first months of a child’s life. One in 35-37 people carries a recessive spinal muscular atrophy gene. When two of these people meet and decide to have children, there is a 25 percent chance that a child with this disorder will be born.

The pilot project, which will last one year, will be extended to cover the entire territory of Serbia.

(Blic, 30.03.2022)

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