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- While we don’t know the specific cause of ALS, there are two categories for the ways people develop ALS: sporadic and familial.
- Sporadic ALS occurs in patients who have no family history of the disease. Sporadic ALS is the most common form of the disease in the United States, accounting for 90-95% of all cases. This type of ALS can affect anyone.
- In 5-10% of U.S. cases, ALS is genetically inherited, which is known as Familial ALS. In families with Familial ALS, there is a 50% chance that each offspring will inherit the gene mutation that makes it possible for them to develop the disease.
- ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks cells in the brain and spinal cord that carry messages from your brain to your muscles.
- The “A” in ALS stands for amyotrophic, which translates literally from the Greek language as “no muscle nourishment.”
- “L” refers to lateral, or the areas in a person’s spinal cord where their motor neurons are located.
- As the motor neurons degenerate and die, it leads to scarring — or sclerosis — in the spinal cord and brain — and the brain can no longer control muscle movement.