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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Introduction

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurological disorder characterized by progressive degeneration of motor neuron cells in the spinal cord and ... more about Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: A motor neuron disease involving progressive degeneration and eventual destruction of the function of nerves that control voluntary movement. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is available below.

Symptoms of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Treatments for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

  • Riluzole
  • Supportive treatments
  • Riluzole is an approved drug that may minimize damage to the nerves
  • Experimental medications: KNS-760704, Tetracycline antibiotic minocycline, Insulin-like growth factor 1 and Methylcobalamin
  • Alternative approaches: hyponotherapy, psychotherapy, nutritional support
  • more treatments...»

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Deaths

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Complications

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Causes of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

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Prognosis for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Prognosis for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Poor. Degenerative. Non-curable. Usually fatal within 5 years.

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Article Excerpts about Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology (Excerpt)

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurological disorder characterized by progressive degeneration of motor neuron cells in the spinal cord and brain, which ultimately results in paralysis and death. The disease takes its less-scientific name from Lou Gehrig, a baseball player with the New York Yankees in the late 1920s and 1930s, who was forced to retire in 1939 as a result of the loss of motor control caused by the disease. (Source: Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology)

NINDS Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Information Page: NINDS (Excerpt)

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive, fatal neurological disease affecting as many as 20,000 Americans with 5,000 new cases occurring in the United States each year. The disorder belongs to a class of disorders known as motor neuron diseases. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Information Page: NINDS)

Definitions of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis:

Progressive degeneration of the neurons that give rise to the corticospinal tract and of the motor cells of the brain stem and spinal cord, resulting in a deficit of upper and lower motor neurons. - (Source - Diseases Database)

Thickening of tissue in the motor tracts of the lateral columns and anterior horns of the spinal cord; results in progressive muscle atrophy that starts in the limbs - (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or a subtype of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet


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