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The motor neuron diseases 

The motor neuron diseases
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The motor neuron diseases
Author(s):

Alice Brockington

and Pamela J. Shaw

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.02415_update_001

Update:

This chapter has been extensively updated, most notably the sections on classification of the motor neuron diseases, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and spinal muscular atrophies.

Updated on 28 Nov 2012. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 22 October 2017

Motor neuron diseases are a family of conditions that lead to selective loss of function of the lower and/or upper motor neurons controlling the voluntary muscles of the limbs or bulbar region. Precise diagnosis is essential for prognosis, identification of those diseases with genetic implications, and for (in a very few cases) specific treatment....

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