Motor Neuron Disease is a progressive degenerating disease of the motor system i.e. muscles. It normally occurs in middle age, with more males affected than females.
The term Motor Neurone Disease is used to describe a group of illnesses which share the common factor of muscle wasting due to loss of nerve supply or denervation.
Unfortunately it can run in families as an inherited disorder. The anterior horn cells, a specific part of the spinal cord and areas of the brain are affected.
There is no specific treatment. Physiotherapy can be helpful to maintain muscle function, however when the muscles involved with swallowing are affected, extreme care must be taken in trying to feed these patients, and sometimes a gastronomy is required.
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