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Is Lou Gehrig Disease Hereditary
ALS: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or lou gehrig's disease is a degeneration of upper and lower motor neurons. The symptoms include weakness of the upper arms and legs. Often the muscles will appear to move under the skin like a bunch of worms. The diagnosis is made with an EMG, a lumbar puncture and an MRI of the brain and spinal cord. An opinion from a neurologist will provide you further information ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Do not know cause: A small percentage of cases are genetic or associated with frontotemporal dementias. Sporadic ALS is a disease associated with a misfolded protein, cooper/zinc superoxide dysmutase, but not fully clear why this happens, the drug Riluzole may be a clue, as it affects glutamate, and maybe here is one possible pathway for investigation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Interesting history: When lou gehrig died, no autopsy was ever done, and it was thought that he did suffer als, but retrospective analysis raises question of what we now know to be a chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Regardless, his name is associated with degeneration of motor nerve cells in brain and spinal cord. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My grandfather died of lou gehrig disease, what are my chances of having this disease and what are some symptoms I should watch for?
NO !: This disorder is very rare and it is almost never hereditary. Loss of muscle bulk, twitting of muscles, weakness and if it affects the brain stem speech, swallowing and later respiratory problems are the usual symptoms. Mental state, sensation and bladder control are not affected. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Instrumental ADLs: An occupational therapist is the healthcare specialist who helps define one's needs to perform activities like computer work (considered an instrumental activity of daily living or adl vs a basic adl such as bathing). Once defined, the therapist helps acquire the equipment and trains a patient in its use. A physiatrist is the medical specialist who works most closely with these therapists. ...Read more
3 to 5 years: Als, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is better known as lou gehrig's disease. It is a disease of motor neurons that causes progressive muscle weakness and is uniformly fatal. The median time from the first symptom of weakness to the patient's passing is about 4 years. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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