Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is basically a form of nerve damage that leads to neurological disease. In this condition, the nerve cells face an attack and rapid degeneration that can prove fatal. It basically affects the control of one’s voluntary muscles. The symptoms include weakness and disabilities in the arms and legs. This disease can also cause respiratory failure.
HOW IS AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS DIAGNOSED?
A neurologist can diagnose this disease by conducting a series of tests: 1. MRI 2. EMG 3. NCV - Nerve Conduction velocity 4. Blood tests
HOW IS AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS TREATED?
There is no specific treatment for ALS, neurologists may prescribe drugs to mitigate the symptoms and extend life expectancy. Care for ALS patients may be given through: • Medications for improving survival rate • Breathing support through a ventilator • Physical therapy for rehabilitation • Planned nutrition
DID YOU KNOW?
ALS is a rare disease that is designated by the FDA as an “orphan” disease.