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what are the chances of me getting als when my grandmother had it

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Dr. David Dantes
48 years experience General Practice
Genetic counseling: In 90% of cases, there is only one family member with ALS. You can find some useful information here: http://www.alsa.org/about-als/genetic-testing-f ... Read More

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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilene Ruhoy
20 years experience Neurology
Possibility: There are several genes associated with familial ALS and the majority are autosomal dominant with adult onset. There is one gene that is autosomal rec ... Read More
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Dr. Marvin Ott
19 years experience Emergency Medicine
Very rare: ALS has gotten a lot of press lately due to the ice bucket challenge. In reality, it is an extremely rare disease. In the US, about 5,000 people (out ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kohn
36 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: There is a genetic risk of inheritance with ALS. This is less than 5%? There are no diagnostic blood or gene tests. If you are concerned and do not ha ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Adam Lewis
34 years experience Neurosurgery
ALS: Als or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a neurodegenerative disease that attacks the upper and lower motor neurons. There is no known cause and no kn ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Atif Haque
17 years experience Neurosurgery
Usually sporadic: Most cases are non-hereditary, though about 10% can run in families in an autosomal dominant pattern usually.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Newton
18 years experience Pain Management
Not typical: Average age of diagnosis is 55. Can be seen as early as the 20's most commonly between 40 and 70 years of age.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Relatively rare: (9.1%) black. , although blacks appear relatively spared from ALS they present at an earlier age and are functionally worse at their first visit. Stud ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
58 years experience Internal Medicine
Not to worry: ALS is fortunately quite RARE but gets a lot of attention lately (The Lou Gehrig Story was the first years ago) MS or Multiple Sclerosis is much mor ... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Advice: We do not use research drugs here onsite, but would suggest there is little to lose if one has ALS, and a new drug protocol would be of potential valu ... Read More
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