alexa Management strategies for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis from diagnosis through death.
Psychiatry

Psychiatry

Journal of Depression and Anxiety

Author(s): Simmons Z

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Abstract BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neuromuscular disorder that is inevitably fatal. There are no effective treatments to stop or reverse the natural course of the disease. The role of the physician is to provide comfort and optimize quality of life. REVIEW SUMMARY: Management of patients with ALS is a process extending over months to years. It begins with breaking the news of the diagnosis and extends through the terminal phase. Medication may extend lifespan by a small amount. However, most efforts are centered around symptom management. Areas of importance include respiration, nutrition, secretions, communication, pseudobulbar affect, therapy and exercise, spasticity and cramps, pain, depression and suicide, spirituality and religion, cognitive changes, the development of advance directives, and care at the end of life. Multidisciplinary ALS clinics provide much-needed support for patients with ALS and their caregivers. CONCLUSION: Although physicians cannot cure ALS or even halt progression, there is much that can be done to manage the physical and emotional symptoms, thereby maintaining or enhancing quality of life.
This article was published in Neurologist and referenced in Journal of Depression and Anxiety

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