Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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Definition

abbreviated ALS; is a disorder of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that are in charge for voluntary muscle movement. It is a crucial neurological disease that harms the nerve cells that control voluntary muscles.

Diagnosis

Reviewing your family's medical history and your signs and symptoms is one way of diagnosing ALS. You will have a physical examination that may involve some standard clinical testing of your nerves and muscles. Furthermore, you will undergo a selection of tests, including tests to rule out other conditions.

Treatment

It is said to be that no known cure for ALS. The initial drug medication for the disease is a medicine called riluzole. Riluzole may extend life, but does not reverse or end the sickness from getting worse.

Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms typically do not progress until after age 50. Persons with ALS have a failure of muscle strength and coordination. This causes a person incapable to do habitual activities, such as going upward steps, getting out of a chair, or ingesting. Sometimes, breathing or swallowing muscles may be the first muscles affected.

Causes

ALS is caused by a genetic defect. Another possible cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is spare glutamate, one of the several chemicals (neurotransmitters) that neurons use to conduct signals to one another.

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