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Advanced Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

What is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)?

ALS is a neurological disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movements like chewing or talking. 

Originally, the disease was discovered by French doctor Jean-Martin Charcot in 1869. Also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS was brought to national attention by Lou Gehrig, an American professional baseball player who retired due to the disease.

Who Gets ALS?

ALS can be inherited in some cases, but ALS usually occurs in people between the ages of 55 and 75. Men are more likely than women to develop ALS. Caucasians and non-Hispanics are also more likely to develop ALS. 

What Causes ALS?

Doctors are unsure of what exactly causes ALS. Factors that may cause ALS include genetics and environmental factors. 

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What Are the Signs and Symptoms of ALS?

Signs and symptoms for ALS can vary from person to person and usually get worse over time. 

Learn more about ALS causes, signs and symptoms.

How Is ALS Diagnosed?

While one test cannot diagnose ALS, your neurologist can use a variety of testing including MRI and testing for other diseases. 

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How Is ALS Treated?

While there is no cure, ALS symptoms can be treated by therapies and medications. 

Learn more about ALS treatment and support.

The team of specialists at Banner Brain & Spine is here to help navigate life after an ALS diagnosis. We are here to assist during you or your loved one’s ALS journey.