Werdnig–Hoffmann disease

A very rare inherited disorder of the nervous system that affects infants. Also known as infantile spinal muscular atrophy, Werdnig–Hoffmann disease is a type of motor neuron disease, affecting the nerve cells in the spinal cord that control muscle movement. Marked floppiness and paralysis occur during the first few months, and affected children rarely survive beyond age 3. There is no cure for the disease. Treatment aims to keep the affected infant as comfortable as possible.


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