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How does amyotrophic lateral sclerosis affect the body?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) causes progressive bodily deterioration. It initially causes fairly random and asymmetrical cramps and twitches, especially in the hands and feet. Disuse weakens the affected muscles, and this weakness gradually spreads to the rest of the body. Eventually, ALS compromises major bodily functions such as digestion and breathing. However, sensory input, consciousness, and the excretory system are often unaffected.

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