Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a debilitating neurologic disease that is caused by the destruction of upper and lower motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord.  ALS is associated with rapidly progressive weakness, muscle weakness, spasticity, and difficulty with breathing, swallowing, and speaking exercises.

There is no known cause for ALS and genetic causes are observed in only 5% of cases.  The physical defects of ALS are also observed to have no known cure. Numerous investigators are researching the regenerative properties of cell therapy to determine how ALS can affect the nervous system.

In the U.S., 90 to 95 percent of ALS cases are sporadic. These types of cases are associated with excessive levels of glutamate, which overstimulate motor neurons.  Glutamate is among the most important neurotransmitters for proper brain function, they are chemicals that transmit signals between nerves.

For additional information about the causes and treatments for lateral sclerosis, call Irvine Stem Cell Center today and schedule your appointment.