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can prenatal screening tell you if your baby will have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Golder Wilson
Specializes in Clinical Genetics
Rarely: Rare families have a genetic form of ALS that involves the gene for superoxide dismutase or other genes. More commonly, ALS occurs sporadically in fam ... Read More
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
52 years experience Neurology
No: Currently, no amniocentesis test or ultrasound imaging procedure that can predict als.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott McLean
35 years experience Clinical Genetics
Yes, but ...: Right now we know of about 10 genes that cause als, but there are probably more, because genetic testing finds a mutation in less than a third of ALS ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
52 years experience Neurology
Need expert help: Als is indeed a bad disease, as there is no cure, and only minimal modest interventions. It is a disorder of unknown cause, but 10% are genetic with 2 ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Lewis
35 years experience Neurosurgery
ALS: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or lou gehrig's disease is a degeneration of upper and lower motor neurons. The diagnosis is made with an EMG and additi ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julian Bragg
17 years experience Neurology
Still same person: As far as the disease itself is concerned, let them know that it is weakening their muscles, which affects everyone differently, causing difficulty wa ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Levine
23 years experience Radiology
Still uncertain: It appears genetically linked, but not all patients have the same abnormality. The cause is still under investigation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Walsh
17 years experience Addiction Medicine
Unlikely: While dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) can be a herald of als, this is a very, very rare disease, and dysphagia is a common symptom. Depending on yo ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julian Bragg
17 years experience Neurology
Progressive disease: Als is a progressive disease of motor neurons, both in the peripheral and the central nervous systems. There is no known cure, but there are treatmen ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
52 years experience Neurology
See below: We really do not understand the cause, but 10% are genetic and 25% of these are associated with mutations of a gene encoding copper/zinc superoxide di ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
52 years experience Neurology
10% are familial: And 25% of these involve a mutation of the gene encoding copper/zinc superoxide dismutase. 90% of all cases are sporadic and of unknown etiology.

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