infantile muscular atrophy

Type: Term Synonyms: spinal muscular atrophy type I
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Infantile Muscular Atrophy

A rare disease of newborn infants that is inherited as an autosomal trait. The disease affects the motor nerve cells of the spinal cord which cause floppiness and paralysis of muscles. Most affected children will die before the age of three years. Many mothers of affected children also noted reduced fetal movement during pregnancy. Synonym(s): ...
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