Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neuron diease (MND) is a progressive nervous system disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of muscle control. ALS / MND is often called Lou Gehrig's disease, after the baseball player who was diagnosed with it. ALS / MND often begins with muscle twitching and weakness in a limb, or slurred speech. Eventually, ALS / MND affects control of the muscles needed to move, speak, eat, and breathe. ALS / MND causes the death of neurons controlling voluntary muscles. ALS / MND often starts in the hands, feet, or limbs, and then spreads to other parts of your body. As the disease advances and nerve cells are destroyed, your muscles get weaker. This eventually affects chewing, swallowing, speaking, and breathing. There is generally no pain in the early stages of ALS / MND, and pain is uncommon in the later stages. ALS / MND does not usually affect your bladder control or your senses.
Symptoms of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) / Motor Neuron Disease (MND):
Features of Biphasic Cuirass Ventilation:
Benefits of Biphasic Cuirass Ventilation
Biphasic Cuirass Ventilation (BCV) can be initiated early after the diagnosis of ALS/MND. Studies have shown that early intervention may slow down the progression for the need of invasive mechanical ventilation and tracheostomy. This will minimize the unnecessary side effects of prolonged use of positive pressure ventilation and decrease hospital readmissions, time spent in the ICU, and in the hospital.