A call to introduce newborn screening for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in Scotland

A group of healthcare professionals involved in the diagnosis and care of people SMA in Scotland published a paper in the Scottish Medicine Journal calling for the addition of SMA to the list of diseases on the newborn screening programme. In the paper, they reiterate: “Any possibility to identify SMA patients before the onset of symptoms, and hence begin treatment as early as possible, should be taken advantage of”.