Les Turner ALS Foundation
8142 N. Lawndale Avenue
Facts and Statistics
ALS typically strikes adults between 40 and 70 years of age.
On average, people with ALS die within two to five years from diagnosis.
Although many of the symptoms of ALS are treatable, there is no cure. Current treatment is aimed at symptomatic relief, prevention of complications, and maintenance of maximum optimal function and quality of life.
ALS occurs throughout the world regardless of racial, ethnic or socioeconomic status.
ALS is commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig�s Disease for the famous New York Yankee's baseball player who died of ALS in 1941.
The diagnosis of ALS is a "clinical diagnosis," meaning there is no specific test that gives a definitive answer. Before a diagnosis of ALS is confirmed, many tests must be administered to rule out illnesses with symptoms that may mimic ALS. These may include an MRI of the brain or spinal cord, an electromyography (EMG) study of nerve and muscle function and a variety of blood and urine tests. By evaluating these tests, the patient's medical history and performing a complete neurological exam, the neurologist can usually reach a definitive diagnosis.
It is always recommended that patients seek a second opinion by a neurologist experienced with ALS in order to decrease the possibility of an incorrect diagnosis. In some cases a definitive diagnosis can be made only after several months of observation and retesting.
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