What are amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

  • (noun): Thickening of tissue in the motor tracts of the lateral columns and anterior horns of the spinal cord; results in progressive muscle atrophy that starts in the limbs.
    Synonyms: ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – also referred to as motor neurone disease in some British Commonwealth countries and as Lou Gehrig's disease in the United States – is a debilitating disease with varied etiology characterized by rapidly progressive weakness, muscle atrophy and fasciculations, muscle spasticity, difficulty speaking (dysarthria), difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), and difficulty breathing (dyspnea). ALS is the most common of the five motor neuron diseases.

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... acid dehydratase deficiency Aminoacylase 2 deficiency amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Anderson-Fabry disease P Xq22.1 androgen insensitivity syndrome Anemia Anemia, hereditary sideroblastic X Anemia, sex-linked ...
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - Clinical Research
... Thalidomide and Lenalidomide have shown efficacy in protecting motor neurons in transgenic (G93A) mice ... KNS-760704 (Dexpramipexole) is under clinical investigation in ALS patients ...
Stem Cell Treatments - Potential Treatments - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
... Stem cells have resulted in significant locomotor improvements in rats with an Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis-like disease ...