What is the most common degenerative disease of the nervous system?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is the most common cause of neurologic death in adults and is also the most common degenerative motor neuron disorder in that age group. Although there are multiple neurodegenerative diseases with many subcategories, ALS is used as the prototype for this chapter.
What are some examples of degenerative diseases?
- Alzheimer’s disease (AD)
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease)
- Charcot–Marie–Tooth disease (CMT)
- Chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
- Cystic fibrosis.
- Some cytochrome c oxidase deficiencies (often the cause of degenerative Leigh syndrome)
- Ehlers–Danlos syndrome.
What are the top three common nervous system disorders?
Nervous system diseases
- Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease affects brain function, memory and behaviour.
- Bell’s palsy. Bell’s palsy is a sudden weakness or paralysis of facial muscles on one side of the face.
- Cerebral palsy.
- Motor neurone disease (MND)
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s disease.
What are the signs and symptoms of neurological disorder?
Physical symptoms of neurological problems may include the following:
- Partial or complete paralysis.
- Muscle weakness.
- Partial or complete loss of sensation.
- Difficulty reading and writing.
- Poor cognitive abilities.
- Unexplained pain.
- Decreased alertness.