Motor neurone disease Treatment

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Motor neurone disease Treatment Currently there is no cure for MND. The only drug that affects the course of the disease is Riluzole. The drug functions by blocking the effects of the neurotransmitter glutamate, and is thought to extend the lifespan of an ALS patient by only a few months. Consequently the mainstay of treatment for MND is focused at symptom relief. Examples of symptom relief therapy include:- Liquidised foods that can be delivered via an NG tube or PEG feed if the symptoms of dysphagia are present Anticholinergics can be used to reduce excess salivation Muscle relaxants can be used to reduce muscle cramps and excessive tone allowing physiotherapy to take place Speech difficulties can be treated to an extent by a Speech and Language Therapist Respiratory failure may need artificial ventilation Difficulties of daily living may be able to be addressed with the help of an OT Depression is common in patients diagnosed with MND and the families who care for them. Patients and
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Unformatted text preview: families suffering with depression may be helped by counselling, CBT or respite. If the case of MND is discovered to be familial many younger family members may live in fear and as such may need prolonged counselling and support. Prognosis Most cases of MND progress quickly, with a noticeable decline occurring over the course of months. Although symptoms may present in one region, they will typically spread throughout the body. In conditions initially restricted to one side of the body contralateral spread will typically occur before the condition progressed to another part of the body. After several years, most patients require help to carry out activities of daily living such as self care, feeding, and transportation. MND is usually fatal within 2–5 years. Around 50% die within 14 months of diagnosis. As a rough estimate, 1 in 5 patients survive for 5 years, and 1 in 10 patients survive 10 years. Prevention Currently MND is not a preventable disease...
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANTHRO 2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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