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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Causes & Risks

Causes

The cause of ALS is not known, but it appears that genes may play a role in a very small number of cases. Also, research has shown that there may be a reduced response to cell stress, as well as cell toxicity, related to certain protein build-up in the brain.

Risk Factors

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition. Risk factors include:

  • Having a family member with ALS
  • Military personnel may have an increased risk
  • Persons with certain genetic mutations

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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