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Is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis serious?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive and ultimately fatal disease. As motor neurons die, the body of a person with ALS is able to do less and less until they can no longer perform their basic bodily functions. The most common cause of death associated with ALS is respiratory failure due to weakness in the muscles necessary for breathing. ALS usually proves fatal within five years of diagnosis.

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