Amylotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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Definition

Amylotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that destroys the motor neurons causing paralysis and eventual death. In this condition the nerves associated with voluntary muscle control degenerate and results to atrophy of the muscles. Most patients become bound to a wheelchair and soon die due to other complications.

Diagnosis

The disease can be diagnosed based on the present symptoms, as well as genetic counseling and metabolic tests on the cells.

Treatment

There is not treatment available yet for ALS.

Symptoms and Signs

The symptoms of the disease take years before they take effect. Among the signs of the disease are seizures, loss of control in the voluntary muscles, weakness, immobility and eventual paralysis.

Causes

ALS is believed to be progressive autosomal dominant genetic defect.

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