Who first discovered amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

Charcot. The French Neurologist Charcot is credited with the paper describing ALS as a distinct illness.

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What is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

Disease of nervecell. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or als, is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. Als does not affect the senses (sight, smell, taste, hearing, touch). It only rarely affects bladder or bowel function, or a person's ability to think or reason.The condition slowly gets worse and cause difficulty with breathing muscles. Read more...
Lou Gehrig's disease. Although originally named for the famed baseball player, ALS occurs spontaneously and also in certain families. It is a disorder of misfolded proteins, and often is associated with copper/zinc superoxide dismutase. It causes weakness, muscle atrophy, fasciculations of muscles, and eventual can effect swallowing and breathing. It does not cause cognitive or sensory loss usually. Hard to treat. Read more...

What is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (als)?  

Lou Gehrig's Disease. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (als), also referred to as lou gehrig's disease is a form of motor neuron disease caused by the degeneration of neurons leading to progressive weakness and eventually death. Read more...
Motor neuron disease. A disorder of misfolded proteins, attacking nerve cell bodies in spinal cord and brain. Tends to involve weakness not numbness, and can affect legs and arms with flickering of muscles, loss of muscle mass, and evenually problems with breathing and swallowing. Unfortunately, there is no cure, and it preserves awareness. Gratefully, it is relatively rare. Read more...

Could kids get amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

Similar . But most childhood illnesses which affect the motor neuron, like als, are quite rare, and more hereditary in origin. A variety of such disorders cause weakness in very young children, and adolescents and seem similar in outcome. Also, polio used to affect many children but is almost unknown in usa today. Read more...

What exactly is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

Lou Gehrig's disease. Als is a disease affecting the nerve cell body, causes weakness, muscle wasting, and fasciculations or fluttering of the muscles. It can affect mobility, swallowing, and breathing. There is no known cure to date, and the prognosis is often very poor. We believe it is a disorder of "misfolded proteins", similar in some ways to alzheimer's and parkinson's, but a far rarer condition, fortunately. Read more...

What are the tests for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

Diagnosis. Since we hope to find alternative problems instead of als, we search for possible other diagnoses. The testing includes blood studies, especially for hyperthyroidism, MRI tests of the neck and spinal cord, EMG studies, and even muscle biopsies on occasion. Read more...

What sort of problem is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

Lou Gehrig's. Als also known as lou gehrig's disease is a disease of nerves. It is a progressive loss of muscle strength. Initial symptoms are usually muscle weakness or cramps followed by muscle paralysis in later stages. Difficulty breathing and swallowing are common due to the muscle weakness. There is no cure but there are medications to help with symptom management. Read more...

What are the symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

Lou Gehrig's disease. Muscle weakness, lack of coordination, trouble swallowing and breathing, speech problems, paralysis that get progressively worse. It does not affect cognition or senses. Read more...
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...
Rare disorder, Thank goodness, it is relatively uncommon, as can cause muscle flickering (fasiculations), weakness, muscle atrophy, swallowing and breathing difficulties, tongue fascics and atrophy, and rarely some cognitive emotional changes if genetic influence of fronto-temporal dementia. Read more...

How is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis transmitted in humans?

It is not transmitte. It is not typically a heriditary or infectious disease. No one knows the exact cause. Read more...
Rarely genetic. 90% of cases are sporadic, without clearcut genetics, and this is not known to be infectious. Of the 10% familial cases, 25% of these have a mutation in the gene encoding copper/zinc superoxide dismutase. Read more...

What does it mean when a guy has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

Progressive disease. Als is a progressive disease of motor neurons, both in the peripheral and the central nervous systems. There is no known cure, but there are treatments that slow the course of the disease and help to manage symptoms. A multidisciplinary ALS clinic can be invaluable in guiding care and providing support while you grapple with this devastating disease. Read more...
Degenrative DO. Als is a neurologic disease where nerves in the central nervous system degenerate, leading to weakness. This can cause inability to walk or use the hands or arms, facial weakness, difficulty eating and swallowing, and respiratory difficulties, leading to infections like pneumonia. It is not a curable disease. Read more...
Motor neuron disease. ALS is a disease of the motor neuron, occurring in middle age or older, which can be rapidly progressive, leading to death within a few years. It causes weakness, muscle atrophy, muscle flickering, difficulty swallowing and breathing, yet unfortunately no availability of successful treatment at this point. In essence, a rather bad disease. Read more...