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.

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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...

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 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 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. Read more...

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. Read more...

Is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis sex-linked or a chromosomal error?

ALS. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS (lou gehrig's disease) is a central nervous system disease that causes progressive loss of strength and coordination. There are no known risk factors which predispose someone to developing als. Most commonly, the cause is unknown but in about 10% of cases, there is a genetic defect which leads to the problem. Read more...
Possible. About 10% of cases of ALS are familial, and 30% of these are due to mutations of the gene than encodes copper/zinc superoxide dysmutase. 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...