Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

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Description

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an incurable disease of the motoric nervous system. It is a chronic degenerative disease, which means that its progress cannot be stopped. Find out more.

Causes

The cause of the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis still remains unknown. Although scientists observe family clustering of the disease, in most cases it occurs spontaneously. Find out more.

Symptoms

ALS can progress very differently. 25 percent of the patients complain of an increasing muscle weakness and muscle atrophy in the small hand muscles at first and then in the whole arm. Find out more.

Diagnosis

Already the typical combination of symptoms indicates an ALS. Then the physician carries out an electromyography (EMG). This helps identify damages in the transfer between the nerve and the muscle. Find out more.

Treatment & therapy

In spite intensive research, no cure has yet been found for ALS. However the progress of the disease can be slowed down. The therapy is guided by the increasing effects on the mobility. Find out more.

Prevention & prognosis

You cannot prevent ALS, since the cause of the disease is unknown. Should scientists find more about the genetic basis of ALS in the future, there could be a chance of a prenatal diagnostics. Find out more.