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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: comprehensive management.
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PMID:  425866     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis remains unknown, and no curative treatment is available. From a rehabilitation perspective, however, comprehensive management and symptomatic treatment can minimize complications, increase function and improve the patient's quality of life. Quinine, diazepam (Valium) and phenytoin (Dilantin) may relieve muscle cramps, and orthoses may permit greater participation in daily activities. Problems with respiration and swallowing may require surgical procedures and the use of feeding tubes. Decisions regarding surgical intervention must be made in the context of the patient's overall status.
J A DeLisa; M A Mikulic; R M Miller; R R Melnick
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American family physician     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0002-838X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am Fam Physician     Publication Date:  1979 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1979-05-16     Completed Date:  1979-05-16     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1272646     Medline TA:  Am Fam Physician     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  137-42     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis / complications,  psychology,  therapy*
Deglutition Disorders / etiology,  therapy
Muscle Spasticity / drug therapy
Quality of Life
Respiratory Insufficiency / etiology,  prevention & control
Speech Disorders / etiology,  therapy

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