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Degenerative Nerve Disease

Degenerative Nerve Disease Causes

Degenerative nerve disease is caused by genetic defects in the central nervous system.

Degenerative Nerve Disease Definition

Degenerative nerve disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive fatal illness that affects the motor neurons that control the body's skeletal muscles. It is characterized by paralysis and weakening of the voluntary muscles. It is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Degenerative Nerve Disease Diagnosis

There are no specific diagnostic tests for ALS. Doctors meanwhile perform nerve response tests to rule out other forms of muscle dystrophy.

Degenerative Nerve Disease Symptoms and Signs

ALS occurs in persons above the age of 40, although the disease may begin at the age of 20. The most common symptoms of the disease are muscle stiffness, cramps, twitching and loss of balance. Soon the patient suffers from slurred speech, drooling and breathing difficulties.

Degenerative Nerve Disease Treatment

There is no specific treatment for ALS. Management of symptoms is advised to at least reduce the effects of the disease. Physical and occupational therapies are as well prescribed to maintain flexibility of the muscle tissues.

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