Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

What is the prognosis for ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease)?

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  • Fifty percent of patients with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) live at least three or more years after diagnosis; 20 percent live five years or more; and up to 10 percent will survive more than ten years. Many ALS patients can live longer and more productive lives because of current research into the cause, prevention and cure for the disease.

    Improvements in medical management, including nutrition and breathing, regularly increase patient survival.

    Estimates suggest that ALS is responsible for as many as five of every 100,000 deaths in people aged 20 or older.

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  • Generally, once a person is diagnosed with ALS, the average survival time is three to five years. In about 10 percent of ALS cases, the survival time is 10 years or more. And, as treatments improve, the lifespan for ALS patients is increasing overall.
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