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Amyotrophic lateral Sclerosis, Parkinsonism/Dementia Complex of Guam

Last updated May 19, 2020

Approved by: Maulik P. Purohit MD, MPH

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a disease of the nerve cells (neurons) in the brain and spinal cord that controls voluntary muscle movement.


The topic Amyotrophic lateral Sclerosis, Parkinsonism/Dementia Complex of Guam you are seeking is a synonym, or alternative name, or is closely related to the medical condition Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

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  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a disease of the nerve cells (neurons) in the brain and spinal cord that controls voluntary muscle movement. This progressive disorder is also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease
  • ALS generally affects adult men over the age of 40 years. The condition may be inherited in some cases, but largely the cause of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis remains unknown
  • Since, most muscles of the body are affected, individuals with ALS lose control over their muscles leading to signs and symptoms, such as difficulty performing simple physical tasks, speech and swallowing problems, dementia, and even respiratory failure
  • A combination of medications, physical therapy and rehabilitation, are typically used to treat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and reduce the progression of this rapidly deteriorating disorder
  • However, the prognosis for ALS is poor, and the survival period is only about 3-8 years, after onset of the signs and symptoms 

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First uploaded: Sept. 11, 2017
Last updated: May 19, 2020