What should I do if I have the spinal muscular atrophy gene but do not have SMA?

If you have been diagnosed as a carrier of the SMA gene but are not affected by the condition, you should still seek the advice of a genetic counselor or your doctor. This is very important if you are considering having a child. He or she will be able to help you evaluate your risks and chances of having a child with spinal muscular atrophy. If you have already had a child with SMA, your counselor should be able to advise you of your options regarding future pregnancies.


Cure SMA

925 Busse Road

Elk Grove Village, IL 60007


Fax: 847.367.7623

info@fsma.org www.curesma.org

Muscular Dystrophy Association

National Office - 222 S. Riverside Plaza Suite 1500

Chicago, IL 60606


Fax: 520.529.5300

mda@mdausa.org www.mda.org

Fight SMA

1321 Duke Street Suite 304

Alexandria, VA 22134


web@fightsma.org www.fightsma.org

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Foundation

888 Seventh Avenue, Suite 400

New York, NY 10019

877.FUND.SMA (877.386.3762), 646.253.7100

Fax: 212-247-3079



Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 11/24/2015.


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