Recently Diagnosed

Receiving a diagnosis of SMA often comes as a shock and can be very difficult for everyone involved. There are different forms of Adult Onset SMA and a wide spectrum of how severely adults are affected.

Whatever form of Adult Onset SMA you have recently been diagnosed with, our booklet may be a helpful starting point - Looking After Yourself if You’re an Adult who has had a Recent Diagnosis of SMA:

SMA is the name given to a number of genetically distinct conditions which all result in muscle weakness, but there’s great variation in the severity and impact they have. The more common forms of SMA are broadly known as 5q SMA because of their genetic cause.

Page last updated: July 2019