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How is spinal muscular atrophy diagnosed?
03-31-2011, 09:03 PM (This post was last modified: 03-31-2011 09:03 PM by jim.)
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How is spinal muscular atrophy diagnosed?
The diagnosis of spinal muscular atrophy is made after the sudden or gradual onset of specific symptoms and after diagnostic testing. During the physical examination, your child's physician will obtain a complete medical history of your child, and he/she may also ask if there is a family history of any medical problems.

Diagnostic tests that may be performed to confirm the diagnosis of spinal muscular atrophy include the following:
  • blood tests
  • muscle biopsy - a small sample of the muscle is removed and examined to determine and confirm a diagnosis or condition.
  • genetic tests - diagnostic tests that evaluate for conditions that have a tendency to run in families.
  • electromyogram (EMG) - a test that measures the electrical activity of a muscle or a group of muscles. An EMG can detect abnormal electrical muscle activity due to diseases and neuromuscular conditions.

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11-11-2011, 01:16 AM
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RE: How is spinal muscular atrophy diagnosed?
These days the blood test is necessary to diagnose the diseases of the human body.
Most of the diseases starting just because of the blood problem.
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