Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is also known as ALS and also know as Lou Gehrig’s Disease (named after the famous NY Yankee baseball player).
This is a chronic progressive muscle wasting. The cause is unknown. Although the muscles become weak, the cognition and sensation remain intact.
The muscles of the arms and legs cause mobility problems. Much more severe are the affected muscles needed for breathing. The ability to swallow diminishes. Consequently, death commonly occurs due to aspiration pneumonia,