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Doctor insights on: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Degenerative Nerve Diseases

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Can you tell me could I have a deadly neurological disease like ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) what causes this?

Can you tell me could I have a deadly neurological disease like ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) what causes this?

Need information: There is NO way I can make any diagnosis based on vague description you provide. If you have some symptoms, please describe, and we can provide a much more direct answer. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a guy has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

What does it mean when a guy has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

Degenrative DO: Als is a neurologic disease where nerves in the central nervous system degenerate, leading to weakness. This can cause inability to walk or use the hands or arms, facial weakness, difficulty eating and swallowing, and respiratory difficulties, leading to infections like pneumonia. It is not a curable disease. ...Read more

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What are the main causes of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis? What can be done to treat it?

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 dismutase. 90% are sporadic and of no clear causation. There is no cure and control measures are mediocre. The drug Riluzole may delay need to respirator, but most treatments are palliative. ...Read more

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Is it true that amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a chromosomal error?

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. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

What is the treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

Not good: Lou gehrig's disease remains resistant to successful treatment or control. The drug Riluzole is on the market but is very disappointing, although may delay useage of a tracheostomy tube for a few months. We are learning about a misfolded protein, and this may point the way for future success. ...Read more

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Is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis a type of multiple sclerosis (ms)?

Is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis a type of multiple sclerosis (ms)?

Not similar diseases: Als is very different, and is a disease of "mis-folded proteins" like alzheimers and parkinson's, and all of these affect older people. Ms is an autoimmune disease afflicting younger patients who have hereditary susceptibilities and environmental exposures. Ms can be successfully treated and controlled, but ALS does not respond well to current therapies. ...Read more

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What's are future treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (als)?

Hope it arrives.: There is a lot of research and we have identified a misfolded protein as playing a role (superoxide dismutase). But we do not have a cure. Best we can do is Riluzole and palliative supportive care at this time. However, a variety of meds and approaches are being studied. Stayed tuned. ...Read more

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My mom has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. (lou gehrigs). What is this exactly?

Bad disease: ALS damages the motor nerve cell in brain and spinal cord causing progressive arm and leg weakness, muscle flickering, with progressive disability. If the disease affects the lower part of the brain, problems with tongue atrophy, swallowing, and breathing can create major crises, and even need for tracheostomy. The sole available drug, Riluzole does delay trach, but no effect on strength. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mom has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. (lou gehrigs)?

?research study: This is a very unfortunate situation, as ALS is a very bad disease without a cure. The drug Riluzole can slow the process, and some pts have added gabapentin and memantine to the mix. Have a doctor who is very experienced in neuromuscular disease, and perhaps get involved in a Medical School based research project, involving a newer agent. ...Read more

Dr. MARIE DELCAMBRE
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Degenerative Nerve Diseases (Definition)

Degenerative nerve disease is a condition in which a person's nerves become more abnormal over time, and may eventually stop working. A person gets increasing problems with balance, movement, talking, swallowing, breathing, etc... Some conditions are hereditary (runs in families) due ...Read more


Dr. Steven Bowers
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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig Disease) (Definition)

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a disorder of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that play a role in controlling voluntary muscle movement. While few cases may be due to a genetic defect, the cause is usually unknown. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, muscle weakness, and voice changes. ...Read more