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How long do people live after being diagnosed with lou gehrig's disease?
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In brief: Unfortunately
True ALS is NOT curable, and palliative measures are sole approaches to assist as the disease progresses.
Riluzole may delay tracheostomy, but has little additional benefit. Many pts succumb by 2-3 yrs, and most do not last 5 yrs. But if bulbar musculature relatively spared, can last up to 15-20 years.

In brief: Unfortunately
True ALS is NOT curable, and palliative measures are sole approaches to assist as the disease progresses.
Riluzole may delay tracheostomy, but has little additional benefit. Many pts succumb by 2-3 yrs, and most do not last 5 yrs. But if bulbar musculature relatively spared, can last up to 15-20 years.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Idan Sharon
Neurology
In brief: ALS
Approximately 5 years.

In brief: ALS
Approximately 5 years.
Dr. Idan Sharon
Dr. Idan Sharon
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Dr. Marcel Hungs
Neurology
In brief: Month to years
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (als) is fatal in about 75% of patients within one to five years after symptom start, with median survival of 4 years or less.
This can vary by patient and sometimes patient live for > 5 years.

In brief: Month to years
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (als) is fatal in about 75% of patients within one to five years after symptom start, with median survival of 4 years or less.
This can vary by patient and sometimes patient live for > 5 years.
Dr. Marcel Hungs
Dr. Marcel Hungs
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