“We introduce spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) testing program for all planners wedding of couples and newborns. SMA testing is becoming the responsibility of anyone planning a marriage, the minister announced on Thursday Fahrettin Koca.
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“Couples whose genes indicate a risk of conceiving a child burdened with SMA will be able to try for children using the method financed in this case by the state in vitro“- added the Turkish Minister of Health.
Newborns will also be tested for SMA. Early detection increases the chances of curing the disease.
Spinal muscular atrophy is a genetically determined neuromuscular disorder that leads to the loss of spinal motor neurons (which transmit impulses from the brain to the muscles), resulting in muscle weakness and wasting.
SMA is the second most common autosomal recessive disease after cystic fibrosis. According to the medical service Medscape, the frequency of SMA occurrence is from one in 6,000. to one in 10,000 live births.