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What are the later stage symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)?

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As ALS attacks the nerves that deal with movement, your symptoms will get worse. In the later stages of the disease, you can have:

  • Slurred speech
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trouble breathing
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Paralysis

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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