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How does amyotrophic lateral sclerosis attack the nerve cells?

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ALS breaks down the actual nerve cells in your brain and spinal cord. These cells, called motor neurons, control the voluntary muscles in your arms, legs, and face.

You lose control of your motor functions, and as the motor neurons break down, the myelin sheaths harden.

SOURCES:

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society of Canada: “ALS, MS, and MD Fact Sheet.”

The ALS Association: “Ask the Doc: Q & A with Edward Kasarskis, MD, PhD.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “ALS - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis,” “Multiple Sclerosis (MS).”

Multiple Sclerosis International Federation: “What is MS?”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Fact Sheet.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “MS Symptoms,” “Summarizing Epidemiological Estimates,” “Estimating the Prevalence of MS,” “What Causes MS?”

Center for Diseases Control: “Prevalence of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - United States, 2010-2011.”

National MS Society: "MS the Disease."

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on November 19, 2019

SOURCES:

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society of Canada: “ALS, MS, and MD Fact Sheet.”

The ALS Association: “Ask the Doc: Q & A with Edward Kasarskis, MD, PhD.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “ALS - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis,” “Multiple Sclerosis (MS).”

Multiple Sclerosis International Federation: “What is MS?”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Fact Sheet.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “MS Symptoms,” “Summarizing Epidemiological Estimates,” “Estimating the Prevalence of MS,” “What Causes MS?”

Center for Diseases Control: “Prevalence of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - United States, 2010-2011.”

National MS Society: "MS the Disease."

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on November 19, 2019

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