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Doctor insights on: Lou Gehrig Disease

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Is lou gehrig's disease curable?

Is lou gehrig's disease curable?

Unfortunately no: At this time, we do not possess effective treatment to stop or reverse classical motor neuron disease (als), and perhaps the best we can do is delay tracheostomy with riluzole. The disease ultimately causes death in spite of careful and thorough care. We have found some patterns involving superoxide dismutase, but no breakthroughs yet. ...Read more

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Is lou gehrig's disease contagious?

No: It is either sporadic or familial, rare disease, and has no infectious or communicative aspects. ...Read more

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What is ALS (lou gehrigs disease)?

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Paralysis of muscles: Lou gehrig's disease is also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The disease attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that run the muscles that we can normally control. The cause of the disease is not known. In about 10% it is genetic.

People with lou gehrig's disease slowly become weak in the arms and legs, and can have difficulty speaking, swallowing, and breathing. ...Read more

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What are lou gehrig disease symptoms?

What are lou gehrig disease symptoms?

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 more

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Can you prevent lou gehrig's disease?

Can you prevent lou gehrig's disease?

No: Als is relatively rare, with 90% sporadic and 10% genetic (25% of which have mutations involving copper/zinc superoxide dismutase). There is no specific or successful treatment to date, and no known approach to prevent the disease even if one is a member of a family at risk. ...Read more

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What is lou gehrig disease caused by?

Most are sporadic: While most cases of lou gehrigs disease do not have a known cause ("sporadic als"), approximately 5% of cases do run in families ("familial als"). There have been many proposed risk factors for developing sporadic als, but no clear smoking gun has been found to date. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for lou gehrig's disease

Is there a cure for lou gehrig's disease

No: Lou gehrig's disease or ALS is unfortunately not curable at this time. There is a drug, riluzole, that may slow the progression of the disease. More information can be found at: http://www. Alsa. Org/. ...Read more

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Is lou gehrig's disease dominant or recessive?

Is lou gehrig's disease dominant or recessive?

Neither: 90-90% of case of ALS are not inherited, it occurs at random at its cause is not known. In 5-10% of cases there is a familial form of the disease. In these 5-10% of cases it is usually dominant (meaning it is only necessary to have one copy of the defective gene) remember however most of the time it is not inherited at all. ...Read more

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How close are doctors to finding a cure to lou gehrig's disease?

Not close: We have learned that some cases are associated with fronto-temporal dementias rarely, and some cases cluster in certain areas of the world. We do know that it is a disorder of "misfolded proteins" (superoxide dismutase), but we only have palliative meds and approaches. Lastly, ALS was thot to cause lou gehrig's demise, but this is being reassessed. ...Read more

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How effective is a tracheotomy for treating Lou Gehrig's disease?

Symptom treatment: A tracheotomy may be used to access the airway for suctioning and ventilation as a person with ALS gets weaker and needs help with respiration and secretion removal. This treatment itself just helps manage symptoms of the disease but does not do anything in regards to curing the disease itself. ...Read more

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How effective is a gastrostomy for treating Lou Gehrig's disease?

How effective is a gastrostomy for treating Lou Gehrig's disease?

Not a treatment: Gastrostomy is use to give the patient nutrients when he is unable to eat and keep them from starving to death. Often referred to as Tube Feeding ...Read more

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Will I die from lou gehrig's disease?

Will I die from lou gehrig's disease?

See your doctor: I really feel that this is a question that is best addressed face to face with an experienced physician you trust. I wish you all the best! ...Read more

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What goes wrong in lou gehrig's disease?

What goes wrong in lou gehrig's disease?

NOT fully clear: We do know it is a disease which results in loss of motor nerve cells in brain and spinal cord, and there is an incidence of 10% familial involvement. Rarely, there is a mutation in gene encoding of copper/zinc superoxide dismutase, but otherwise, we are not clear as to what is causing this devastating condition. ...Read more

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Does lou gehrig's disease affect men only?

Does lou gehrig's disease affect men only?

No: The disease affects men more often, but women make up 40% of the cases. ...Read more

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How often does lou gehrig's disease occur?

Good question: The incidence of ALS is 1.5 to 2.7 per 100, 000 per year. There are about 7, 000 new cases of ALS diagnosed in the USA each year. ...Read more

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How fast does lou gehrig's disease progress?

How fast does lou gehrig's disease progress?

GORK: It is unpredictable of how fast ALS (lou gehrig disease) will end up in death. It depends on the person, its presenting symptoms, the velocity of progression, institution of treatment etc. There's only one medication approved for that by far called riluzol. In most cases, though, it progresses to significant disability in a matter of 2-3 years. ...Read more

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How can find out if have Lou Gehrig's disease?

How can find out if have Lou Gehrig's disease?

See a doctor: If you have symptoms of progressive weakness without sensory signs or symptoms, you should be evaluated with NCV/EMG. Otherwise, the chances of having this uncommon disorder is small. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever lived with lou gehrig's disease?

Can happen: For example, astronomer Stephen Hawking, has lived for years with disease, but has numerous mechanical and computer devices to allow his functioning. The usual case is death within 3-5 yrs after diagnosis. ...Read more

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What medicines are use for lou gehrig's disease?

Treatment: It's mostly supportive, but a drug called Riluzole is approved for ALS and it's thought to work by decreasing glutamate mediated motor neuron cell death. ...Read more

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