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What are the first steps after an initial diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis?

There is currently no cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and treatment is targeted at relieving symptoms of the disease. Individuals with ALS will typically have a multi-disciplinary care team including a neurologist, pulmonologist, psychologist, social worker and nursing team. Speech, occupational, and physical therapy are also typical for palliative care. Individuals with familial ALS may also have a genetics team caring for them and their family. There is a medication called riluzole (Rilutek), which is FDA-approved for the treatment of ALS. Riluzole has the best results when started early in the course of the disease and appears to slow the progression of ALS. Riluzole cannot reverse existing motor neuron damage.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

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