ALS

Better Essays
ALS
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Lou Gehrig's Disease
By Audrea Emmons

Pathophysiology
• Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou
Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

Prognosis
• To date, there is no one test or procedure to ultimately establish the diagnosis of ALS. It is through a clinical examination and series of diagnostic tests, often ruling out other diseases that mimic ALS.

• electrodiagnostic tests including electomyography (EMG) and nerve conduction velocity (NCV)
• blood and urine studies including high resolution serum protein electrophoresis, thyroid and parathyroid hormone levels and 24-hour urine collection for heavy metals







spinal tap x-rays, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) myelogram of cervical spine muscle and/or nerve biopsy thorough neurological examination

Signs and Symptoms
• The onset of ALS may be so subtle that the symptoms are frequently






overlooked. muscle weakness in one or more of the following: hands, arms, legs or the muscles of speech, swallowing or breathing twitching (fasciculation) and cramping of muscles, especially those in the hands and feet impairment of the use of the arms and legs
"thick speech" and difficulty in projecting the voice in more advanced stages, shortness of breath, difficulty in breathing and swallowing Treatment
There is no cure for ALS. Stem cells have emerged as a major tool for research into the causes of ALS, and in the search for new

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Satisfactory Essays

    Als

    • 390 Words
    • 2 Pages

    What is ALS? Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, other name is Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a neurodegenerative disease. It affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Nerves are involved in the process of thinking, memory, and of detecting sensations (such as hot/cold, sharp/dull), and others for vision, hearing, and other bodily functions. Basically, motor neurons provide voluntary movements and muscle power. As motor neurons degenerate, they can no longer send impulses to the muscle fibers that…

    • 390 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    Al Tadqiq Al Sharie

    • 1133 Words
    • 5 Pages

    AL-TADQIQ AL-SHARI’E 1. First line of defence describes the controls an organisation has in place to deal with the day-to-day business activities and operations. Controls are designed into systems and processes and assuming that the design is sound to appropriately mitigate risk, compliance with process should ensure an adequate control environment. There should be adequate managerial and supervisory controls in place to ensure compliance and to highlight control breakdown, inadequacy of process…

    • 1133 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    Al-Rawwas By Al Husseini

    • 2974 Words
    • 12 Pages

    The dignified prophetic narrator Imam sayyed sheikh Muhammad Mahdi Al-Sayyadi Al-Rifai Al-Husseini, famously known as Al-Rawwas—please refer to his biography at the end of this book—in his poetry collection Mishkat Ul-Yaqeen (The Niche of Certainty), said the following concerning the Rifai way, the bit of its conditions, and its secrets and news. Our way is a means of extraordinariness, and a ladder towards refraining from all existences. Our way, whoever were of a sincere heart in it, Became by…

    • 2974 Words
    • 12 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Good Essays

    Al in Phoenix

    • 1152 Words
    • 5 Pages

    In Dagoberto Gilb’s story “Al in Phoenix” the narrator feels that Al is treating him unfairly. The narrator believes that Al thinks of him as a guy that is living loose and not bothering to get a job (Gilb 75-81). The narrator being the inductive thinker thought that Al was being unfair to him because of the way he was being treated. Al on the other hand, uses deductive thinker because he just based his facts about the truth. Al based that the only reason the narrator is at the garage getting his…

    • 1152 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Al- Ghazali

    • 333 Words
    • 2 Pages

    Al-Ghazali Reflection The section of Deliverance from Error in the readings of The Path to Sufism is very fascinating to me. The way Al- Ghazali speaks in his teachings is very different from that of Boethius and Aristotle. Al- Ghazali expresses his support for mathematics almost as an exact science, he shows that it cannot be used to support religions whether they be Islamic or not. This type of truth is called Apodeictic, which can be defined as truth by definition or necessity, which can also…

    • 333 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    Al Baik

    • 1847 Words
    • 8 Pages

    By: Ali Faizan Introduction: AL BAIK a restaurant chain in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was first established in 1974 in the city of Jeddah by Shakour AbuGhazalah. AL BAIK was the first to introduce the “Broast” chicken concept in all of Saudi Arabia. AbuGhazalah wanted to provide Arabia with a clean and affordable fast food and environment to fulfill the needs and taste of the consumers in Saudi Arabia. AL BAIK management has earned their mark in the world because of their values. They…

    • 1847 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    Al Ijarah Thumma Al Bai'

    • 10859 Words
    • 44 Pages

    INCEIF The Global University in Islamic Finance Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CIFP) AL IJARAH THUMMA AL BAI’ (AITAB) (SH1003) Semester September 2012 Name: NORHADIYATUL AKMA BINTI JAAFAR Student No: 1200335 TABLE OF CONTENTS Abstract.....................................................................................................................................2 Key Terms of the Paper................…

    • 10859 Words
    • 44 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Good Essays

    Al-Ghazali

    • 309 Words
    • 2 Pages

    Al-Ghazali has been given the title of being one of the great Muslim theologians. Under the study of theologians such as Al-Juwayni and Imam Al-Haramayn, Al-Ghazali has made a standing ground of how a religious man should order his life from hour to hour and day to day basis. Majority of his thoughts still have significance in today’s world. For example his analysis of sinful acts and how to avoid them. There are, however, some of his thoughts that seem to be illogical for when trying to apply…

    • 309 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Al Capone

    • 481 Words
    • 2 Pages

    AL Capone Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone was an American gangster who led a Prohibition-era crime syndicate. The Chicago Outfit, which subsequently also became known as the "Capones", was dedicated to smuggling and bootlegging liquor, and other illegal activities, such as prostitution, in Chicago from the early 1920s to 1931. Born in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City to Italian immigrants, Capone became involved with gang activity at a young age after having been expelled from school at age…

    • 481 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    Al Jazeera

    • 2816 Words
    • 12 Pages

    | Al Jazeera | Increasing viewership | | 14-4-2012 | | Table of contents Introduction 2 Al Jazeera 3 Biggest competitors of Al Jazeera English 4 Comparison AJE with BBC, CNN, FOX News 5 SWOT-analysis Al Jazeera English 6 Weaknesses of Al Jazeera English 6 What can be changed? 7 How can it be accomplishes? 7 How can it be financed? 8 Will these new sections be a success? 8 Conclusion 8 Sources: 9 Introduction This will be a report about the English Al…

    • 2816 Words
    • 12 Pages
    Powerful Essays