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What is the cause of death for ALS patients?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
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In brief: Pneumonia

Most ALS patients who die naturally do so of pneumonia, because they are too weak to cough or breathe deeply which a healthy person does naturally to prevent lung infections.

In brief: Pneumonia

Most ALS patients who die naturally do so of pneumonia, because they are too weak to cough or breathe deeply which a healthy person does naturally to prevent lung infections.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Terminal infection

Usually pneumonia.

In brief: Terminal infection

Usually pneumonia.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Respiratory failure

The cause of death is usually respiratory failure as the breathing muscles get weak, or an infection related to immobility such as pneumonia.

In brief: Respiratory failure

The cause of death is usually respiratory failure as the breathing muscles get weak, or an infection related to immobility such as pneumonia.
Dr. Michael DePietro
Dr. Michael DePietro
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