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Why is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis fatal?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) causes motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord to shrink and disappear. These neurons tell your muscles to move. If the neurons disappear, your muscles eventually become paralyzed. The most common cause of death is respiratory failure because the brain can no longer tell the lungs to breathe.                

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