Challenges of Treating Adults and Late-onset SMA: A Case-based Discussion

Activity Overview

Adult and late-onset spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) present with a unique set of challenges that can make treatment a little more complex. Clinicians in the United States were surveyed to submit their challenging SMA cases and, in this activity, an interprofessional expert panel offers practical advice on the treatment of some of these cases, with special attention given to issues and technicalities specific to adults.

0.25 CE Credit(s)
Expires: March 24, 2023

Target Audience

This activity is intended for neurologists, pediatric neurologists, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, orthopedists, nurses (RN/NP/APN), PAs, and other clinicians involved in the care of patients with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Implement evaluations and treatments for the complications of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
  • Integrate the unique roles of the interprofessional care team in concert with consensus guidelines and best practice recommendations for management of SMA

Activity Faculty

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Diana P. Castro, MD

Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Neurology
University of Texas Southwestern
Children’s Health
Dallas, TX

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Susan Apkon, MD

Fischahs Chair, Pediatric Rehabilitation
Chief, Department of Rehabilitation
Children’s Hospital Colorado
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Aurora, CO

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Vanessa Battista, DNP, MBA, RN, MS, CPNP-PC, CHPPN

Nurse Practitioner, Pediatrics
Philadelphia, PA


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