Medical management care for spinal muscular atrophy patients in Chile

A new study shows how does SMA management it look like in Latin America.

Totally 92 patients were recruited:
23 patients with SMA type 1
36 patients SMA type 2
33 SMA type 3

SMA type 1 patients were tracheostomized and fed by gastrostomy (PEG, MIC) in 69.6% of cases

65% of SMA type 2 patients received non-invasive ventilation (NIV) and 37% of the entire cohort underwent scoliosis surgery

Conclusion

The Chilean cohort study to SMA patients shows that timely access to genetic diagnosis, ventilatory support, nutritional support, and scoliosis surgery.

BUT

SMA Type 1 patients was underrepresented in this study, probably due to limitations access to early diagnosis and high and early mortality rates.

Personal conclusion:
Nevertheless a surprising result, I find. 🙂

Argentina approves Spinraza for all SMA Types