A progressive degeneration of the motor neurons of the central nervous system, leading to wasting of the muscles and paralysis. Also called ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease.
- Patients with alcoholism, drug abuse, cancer, multiple sclerosis, psychosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, parkinsonism, Down syndrome, liver or kidney disease, epilepsy and stroke were excluded from the study.
- The differential diagnosis includes any condition that can result in myelopathy, such as multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and masses (such as metastatic tumors) that press on the spinal cord.
- Other conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and tumors on the spinal cord, can cause similar symptoms.
Late 19th century: amyotrophic from amyotrophy.
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Syllabification: a·my·o·troph·ic lat·er·al scle·ro·sis
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