How are pulmonary infections prevented in spinal muscle atrophy (SMA)?

Updated: Nov 05, 2018
  • Author: Ashish S Ranade, MBBS, MS, MRCS; Chief Editor: Jeffrey A Goldstein, MD  more...
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To avoid pulmonary infections or prolonged postoperative intubations, aggressive preoperative pulmonary care must be provided to patients with SMA. In cases of pulmonary compromise in patients with SMA, transfer to the pediatric pneumology service for stabilization and treatment of complications should be considered.


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