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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

ALS is a disease that affects motor neurons. These nerve cells send messages from the brain to the spinal cord and then to the muscles. There are two main types of motor neurons:
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Overview

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive nervous system disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, and causes loss of muscle control, and impacts physical functions.

ALS is a disease that affects motor neurons. These nerve cells send messages from the brain to the spinal cord and then to the muscles. There are two main types of motor neurons:

  • Upper motor neuron (nerve cells in the brain)
  • Lower motor neuron (nerve cells in the spinal cord to muscles)

Symptoms

  • Difficulty in walking or doing daily normal activities
  • Tripping and falling
  • Weakness in leg, feet, or ankles
  • Hand weakness or clumsiness
  • Slurred speech or trouble while swallowing
  • Muscle cramps and twitching in arms, shoulder, or tongue
  • Inappropriate crying, laughing, or yawning
  • Cognitive and behavioural changes

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