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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sometimes called Lou Gehrig's disease, is a rapidly progressive, invariably fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells (neurons) responsible for controlling voluntary muscles (muscle action we are able to control, such as those in the arms, legs, and face). The disease belongs to a group of disorders known as motor neuron diseases, which are characterized by the gradual degeneration and death of motor neurons.

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

    Symptoms: The onset of ALS may be so subtle that the symptoms are overlooked. The earliest symptoms may include fasciculations, cramps, tight and stiff muscles (spasticity), muscle weakness affecting an arm or a leg, slurred and nasal speech, or difficulty chewing or swallowing.

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
    ALS affects between 20,000-30,000 people and upto 5,000 new cases of ALS are diagnosed each year. 90 -95% of cases have no known cause and 5% and 10% of patients have a family history of ALS. 20% of familial ALS cases are tied to a specific genetic defect. Children of ALS patients have a 50% chance of developing the disease. Death of ALS patients usually occurs between 3 and 5 years after diagnosis.
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