An Overview of Motor Neuron Disease

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In this video, Dr. Simon Freilich gives an overview of the main type of motor neuron disease: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

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Dr. Freilich explains that ALS accounts for around 85 percent of motor neuron disease cases. The disease (which is also named after famous baseball player Lou Gehrig) is a result of the degeneration of both the upper and lower motor neurons which leads to progressive weakness and muscle wastage.

There are no diagnostic tests to determine if a person has ALS. Each patient will be clinically evaluted by specialists and undergo tests to eliminate other diseases which may mimic some of the early symptoms of the disease. Currently, there is no cure for ALS and treatment is palliative but consists of a multidiscipline approach.

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