Charcot's disease - amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Charcot's disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a neurological disease, in other words a pathology that affects the nervous system.

It is more specifically a so-called neurodegenerative disease (indicating that certain major elements of the nervous system degenerate, disappear). These are essential nerve cells for motor function that are altered.

Charcot's disease causes motor deficits. As a result, it has the main symptom: difficulty moving a hand, an arm ... the foot, at the beginning of the disease ... then these signs gradually worsen over several months and years.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is progressive, at the beginning it concerns only certain muscles of the body. Thus, the first signs of the disease depend on the region of the affected nervous system.

Charcot's disease occurs on average around the age of 60 (but the range of onset of the first symptoms is quite wide). This disease affects men a little more than women, without really knowing why.

It is estimated that there will be about 2 new cases per 100, 000 inhabitants in our western countries each year. In France, between 4, 500 and 6, 000 patients are affected by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Of course, the care of these patients is a matter of medical specialists ...

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