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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Motor Neuron Disease (Overview)

The motor neuron diseases (mnd) are a group of neurological disorders that selectively affect motor neurons, the cells that control voluntary muscle activity including speaking, walking, breathing, swallowing and general movement of the body. They are generally progressive in nature, and cause progressive disability and death.


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How does motor neuron disease progress?

How does motor neuron disease progress?

Depends: There are many different types of motor neuron diseases, each of which has its own unique progression (which is how we tell which one you might have oftentimes). You'll need to be more specific in order to get a good answer. If you think you have a motor neuron disease, you need to get to the doctor right away. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
43 doctors shared insights

Motor Neuron Disease (Overview)

The motor neuron diseases (mnd) are a group of neurological disorders that selectively affect motor neurons, the cells that control voluntary muscle activity including speaking, walking, breathing, swallowing and general movement of the body. They are generally progressive in nature, and cause progressive disability and death.


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What are the most common symptoms of motor neuron disease?

What are the most common symptoms of motor neuron disease?

Weakness: Motor neuron diseases affect the nerves that send the impulse to muscles to initiate movement. Examples of motor neuron diseases include lou gerig's disease(als) and spinal muscular atrophy. Symptoms may include limb weakness, difficulty swallowing, and difficulty breathing. Some types may also affect eye movement and facial expression. ...Read more

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Treating Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Checklist)

Ask for STD testing
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What is motor neuron disease?

Motor neuron disease: Motor neuron disease is a group of poorly understood degenerative conditions of the nervous system. The one known most commonly is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as lou gehrig's disease. The disease causes the nerves supplying muscles in the spinal cord to die off gradually causing progressive weakness in the limbs and the face including swallowing muscles.There is no cure at this time. ...Read more

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My family history has motor neuron disease. How can I check if i'll develop this in future or not? Can DNA test confirm this?

Physical exams: If the motor neuron disease runs in your family, there is a higher risk that the disease will be passed down. You can be monitored closely by your primary care physician for any changes in your neurologic exam. In addition, there are some genes that are associated with motor neuron disease and you could undergo genetic testing to see if you have any of the known genetic mutations. ...Read more

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Living with ALS (Tip)

Living with ALS

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Living with Addison's Disease (Checklist)

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How come I have motor neuron disease, but nobody else in the family has it?

Most are nonfamilial: While there are some cases of motor neuron disease that run in families, the majority of cases occur spontaneously without any clear genetic cause. Hopefully, with time and continued research, we will be able to find the nongenetic reasons that cause some people to develop the disease while others do not. ...Read more

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Could motor neuron disease cause dragging feet?

Yes: If the disease affects the nerves of the lower extremities, this is possible. ...Read more

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Neuron (Definition)

A neuron is a specialized cell that conducts impulses within the nervous system. It is made up of a cell body and processes including ...Read more