Synonyms of  ALS Disorder Subdivisions

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Synonyms of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Disorder Subdivisions

General Discussion
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a disease that causes progressive degeneration and eventual loss of function of both upper and lower motor neurons resulting in progressive skeletal muscular wasting and weakness.

There are a number of different forms of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and other motor neuron diseases with similar symptoms. These include: Slow Motor Neuron Disease, Focal Motor Neuron Disease, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (Kugelberg-Welander Disease and Juvenile Spinal Muscular Atrophy), Progressive Bulbar Palsy, Benign Focal Amyotrophy, Primary Lateral Sclerosis, Infantile Spinal Muscular Atrophy (Werdnig-Hoffmann Disease), Wohlfart- Kugelberg-Welander Disease, and Floppy Infant Syndrome.

Organizations related to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis


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