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What is the link between fasciculation and Lou Gherig's disease (ALS)?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

When someone has Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), their nerve cells die and cannot send messages to their muscles. This is because of a defect in parts of the brain and spinal cord that regulate muscle movement. Eventually, muscles will begin to experience more severe fasciculation. Muscle twitching and spasms are among the first signs of the effects of ALS on the body.

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