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Doctor insights on: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Spinal Cord Disease

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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


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What is the name of that spinal cord disease als?

What is the name of that spinal cord disease als?

A few terms: Spinal muscular atrophy refers to a childhood disorder of motor nerve cells. Primary lateral sclerosis is a focal form of ALS which can involve spinal cord. Primary muscular atrophy is another term indicative of a varying location, within cord, sparing upper nerve cells. ...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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Just heard a close neighbor has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. How do we explain this condition to the kids?

Just heard a close neighbor has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. How do we explain this condition to the kids?

Weakness: I would explain that it means he will get weak over time, may eventually need a wheelchair, and that his doctors will do everything they can to help him. I would tell them they can't catch it from him, and it is a rare condition, so it is unlikely they or their family members would develop it. ...Read more

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I'm having hard time swallowing, can this be a sign of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

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 your age, what you have trouble swallowing, and other medical issues you have, there are a host of potential causes for dysphagia. See your physician and discuss it with him/her, include what is hard to swallow, when, when it started. Good luck. ...Read more

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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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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

Sclerosis (Definition)

We neurologists employ the term to describe localized damage involving the central nervous system, and sclerosis means scarring. If in many areas, might be multiple sclerosis. If affecting the motor nerve cell, ...Read more


Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Myelopathy (Definition)

Myelopathy is a general term describing the presence of disease in the spinal cord. There is a large range of causes such as viral infections and trauma. Movement and sensation may ...Read more