Patient EducationJul | 17 | 2019
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA): Diagnosis
If you have questions or are worried about anything, call the Neurogenetics Unit at 617-726-5732. You can also reach the genetic counselor at 617-726-4878.
How do doctors diagnose spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)?
All babies born in Massachusetts are screened for SMA shortly after birth as part of the newborn screen (a blood test that checks babies for different diseases after birth).
A positive newborn screen does not always mean your baby has SMA. If the newborn screen is positive for SMA, the care team will follow up with you about genetic testing options and scheduling future appointments, if needed.