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Is lou gehrigs disease sex linked?

Is lou gehrigs disease sex linked?

No: Most of it is sporadic. I do not know any variants of lou gehrig's that travel on the x-chromosome. This is in contrast with duchenne's / becker's muscular dystrophy, a weakness syndrome on the x chromosome that might be mistaken for lou gehrig's by a very inept physician. Lou gehrig's is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It is also unrelated to sexual activity. ...Read more

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What is lou gehrigs disease like?

What is lou gehrigs disease like?

NASTY: An incurable disease causing death of motor neurons in brain and spinal cord, which results in weakness, muscular atrophy, fasciculations of muscles, increased reflexes, eventual loss of ability to swallow and/or breath, and typically death within 3-5 yrs in most pts. Hope you never encounter this rare but devastating disease. ...Read more

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What is ALS ( lou gehrigs disease )?

BAD disease: It causes progressive weakness, muscular atrophy and fasciculations, eventual problems with swallowing, breathing, speaking, and often death within 3-5 yrs. Has no known cause, and no cure. ...Read more

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Is there any connection between bananas and lou gehrigs disease?

No: The cause of lou gehrig's disease is multifactorial and still elusive. Bananas, if anything, may be helpful. ...Read more

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Do you think there will ever be a cure for ALS (lou gehrigs) disease?

Hopefully: Trust in research, technology and the curiosity that defines us human beings. It's just a matter of time. Hopefully sooner than later. ...Read more

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What is the progression of ALS or lou gehrigs disease?

What is the progression of ALS or lou gehrigs disease?

Specifics: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a disease of the motor nerve cell in brain and spinal cord, is progressive, irreversible, and causes muscle weakness, muscle flickering, and atrophy, in arms, legs, tongue, and leads to progressive disability, loss of ability to breathe and swallow. No cure, sole drug approved is Riluzole, which helps delay tracheostomy but not effect on weakness. ...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?

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 are the symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

What are the symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

See below: The main symptoms of ALS are weakness. The weakness often starts with one hand and then may progress to the other. The legs will often become weak as well. The muscles begin to get thinner. This is called atrophy. There may also be exaggerated reflexes and stiffness in the muscles called spasticity. The muscles that help us speak and swallow and breath can also be weakened. ...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

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (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 ...Read more


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