What is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (als)? Can it be treated?

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.

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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.
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.

What's are future treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (als)?

Hope it arrives. There is a lot of research and we have identified a misfolded protein as playing a role (superoxide dismutase). But we do not have a cure. Best we can do is Riluzole and palliative supportive care at this time. However, a variety of meds and approaches are being studied. Stayed tuned.

Need doctor's help! What can you tell me about als (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)?

Need expert help. Als is indeed a bad disease, as there is no cure, and only minimal modest interventions. It is a disorder of unknown cause, but 10% are genetic with 25% of these having problems with copper/zinc superoxide dismutase. It is a disorder of the motor nerve cell resulting in muscle atrophy, weakness, fasciculations, and terminal swallowing and breathing problems. The drug Riluzole may delay outcomes.

Can you tell me could I have a deadly neurological disease like ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) what causes this?

ALS. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or lou gehrig's disease is a degeneration of upper and lower motor neurons. The diagnosis is made with an EMG and additional tests may include a lumbar puncture and an mr I of the brain and spinal cord. A second opinion with a neurologist will provide you some reassurance.
Need information. There is NO way I can make any diagnosis based on vague description you provide. If you have some symptoms, please describe, and we can provide a much more direct answer.

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.
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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

Lou Gehrig's disease. Als is a very nasty uncurable disease involving the motor neuron in brain and spinal cord, usually arising in middle to later years of life. It results in a steady deterioration of muscle, with atrophy and fasciculations, possibly eventuating in loss of ability to swallow and breathe. The sole medication on the market which may modestly help is riluzole.