What is Lou Gehrig’s disease? What Are The Symptoms?

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Recently, celebrities put their head in an iced down bucket, “Ice Bucket Challenge” for Lou Gehrig’s disease help with the campaign, Nov dissolve and there is a chance of damage to the spinal cord. Although the cause of ALS disease is not fully known, this disease with this disease for genetic reasons, it is observed that overall people had not.

British physicist Stephen Hawking, Chinese leader Mao Zedong, American politician Jacob Javits , such as the famous people are seen in this disease.


ALS disease symptoms

It is not the same in all patients although the symptoms of Lou Gehrig’s disease, usually seen in the form of weakness and thinning in the arms and legs. Speech and swallowing difficulties can be seen in some patients.

In addition, strain in the muscles, uncontrolled laughter or crying and flailing with symptoms is observed.


Treatment of Lou Gehrig’s disease

ALS disease progression might be slowed, and the patient can be extended the life of the patient may be provided to do for a long time, but was not found in the treatment of Lou Gehrig’s disease. We are still continuing to work on treatment methods.

People with ALS also to be contrary to, the creation of environments where they could live out a normal life is very important.


Genetic factors are the cause of familial ALS. Almost 5-10% of total ALS cases are of this type. In these cases, the ‘super oxide dismutase’ (SOD1) enzyme in the body as a result of mutation of copper-zinc dependence and free radicals are directed to the problems are seen.

About 90-95% of ALS cases are rare. There is no hereditary cause in this type of disease. But later it was learned that it was a mutation.


Although ALS is seen in only 1 or 2 people in a hundred thousand people, the incidence of the disease is higher in some places. In the three regions in the West Pacific, the disease has been found more than average in the last few years. In the region where the Chamorros live, the largest region in Guam, the case called Lytico-Bodig has been encountered in the past. The odds are 143 cases in one hundred thousand people. Lytico-bodig disease is a combination of ALS, Parkinson’s and dementia. ALS is seen in Japan’S Kii Peninsula and West Papua New Guinea.

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