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Unformatted text preview: Dysphagia Dysphonia Respiratory distress Abrupt onset Age: Women, 20-40 Men, 60-70 Intermittent exacerbations Guillain Barre Autoimmune attack of peripheral nerve myelin None Ascending weakness with dyskinesia, paresthesias, hyporeflexia 25% require ventilation Abrupt onset, initial episode may cause disability for a year or more, 85% complete recovery Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis Unknown cause of damage to anterior horn motor neurons and lower brain stem motor nuclei Glutamate Fatigue, muscle weakness, cramps, twitches, muscle atrophy 25% of patients start with cranial motor nerve weakness initially Progressive onset Average survival 3 yrs Alzheimers Unknown cause of senile plaques, genetic link Acetylcholine Subtle memory loss Personality changes Insidious onset, slow progression Increasing risk with age...
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course NUR 360 taught by Professor Many during the Spring '06 term at Michigan State University.
- Spring '06