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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

What is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a terminal neurological disorder characterized by progressive degeneration of nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain. Often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's disease" (a famous baseball player who died from the disease), it is one of the most devastating of the disorders that affects the function of nerves and muscles.

ALS does not affect mental functioning or the senses (such as seeing or hearing), and it is not contagious. Currently, there is no cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

More information on ALS can be found at MUSC Health.

Study Coordinator: Michele DeCandio, RN - 843-792-9016

ALS Clinical Trials:

View a list of available ALS clinical trials.

Neurology Clinic Location:

MUSC Rutledge Tower
135 Rutledge Ave.
Charleston, SC 29403


Charleston ALS Support Group Meeting 
Third Monday, Every Month 4:00-5:00 PM
John Wesley United Methodist Church Room 109
626 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407
Contact: Dorian at the Chapter Office 866-492.4821

Other Resources:

ALS Info
ALS Association SC Chapter


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