What is SMA Screening – Last Minute Türkiye and World News

HAFAQNA TURKEY – Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca has announced that premarital screening for SMA will become mandatory. After this explanation “What is an SMA scan, what does it do?” such questions have arisen. Here are the details about the SMA scan…

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca made a statement on SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) and screening.

Minister Koca on SMA screening said: “We will start mandatory premarital screening in Turkey before the end of the year.”

Koca said in a statement: “Our newborn babies have blood taken from their heels. Again, within the same framework, we will be screening for SMA in our newborns, taking blood from the heel in this sense.

This will determine the treatment. We start this screening for every baby born, the more effective it will be at an early stage.” also made statements.

SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) is a hereditary disease. The screening program aims to identify carrier couples prior to marriage.

Therefore, precautions can be taken by informing families that the baby may be born sick.

SMA is a neuromuscular disorder that arises from motor nerve cells (motoneurons). The most dangerous SMA disease that manifests itself in stage 3 is the stage called SMA type 1. Symptoms of SMA type 1 disease can be seen from childhood.

These symptoms include difficulty swallowing and breathing, and an inability to sit without support. In addition, consanguineous marriages may increase the risk of developing the disease in future generations.

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