Motor unit number index as a biomarker for disease severity in adult onset spinal muscular atrophy

Takeaway

  • Proximal weakness in the lower limbs was the most common symptom in people with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 4, and motor unit number index (MUNIX) strongly correlated with duration of disease.

Why this matters ?

    The findings reiterate the concept of SMA as a spectrum that is not related to pediatric age, allowing for more effective initial diagnosis and earlier treatment.

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