Motor Neuron Disease
National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.
It is possible that the main title of the report Motor Neuron Disease is not the name you expected.
Motor neuron disease comprises a group of severe disorders of the nervous system characterized by progressive degeneration of motor neurons (neurons are the basic nerve cells that combine to form nerves). Motor neurons control the behavior of muscles. Motor neuron diseases may affect the upper motor neurons, nerves that lead from the brain to the medulla (a part of the brain stem) or to the spinal cord, or the lower motor neurons, nerves that lead from the spinal cord to the muscles of the body, or both. Spasms and exaggerated reflexes indicate damage to the upper motor neurons. A progressive wasting (atrophy) and weakness of muscles that have lost their nerve supply indicate damage to the lower motor neurons.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association
- 27001 Agoura Road
- Suite 250
- Calabasas Hills, CA 91301-5104
- Tel: (818)880-9007
- Fax: (818)880-9006
- Tel: (800)782-4747
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.alsa.org
Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD)
- Radnor Station Building #2, Suite 320
- 290 King of Prussia Road
- Radnor, PA 19087
- Tel: (267)514-7221
- Tel: (866)507-7222
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: http://www.theaftd.org
- 925 Busse Road
- Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
- Tel: (847)367-7620
- Tel: (800)886-1762
- Email: info@cureSMA.org
- Website: http://www.cureSMA.org/
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
- PO Box 8126
- Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
- Tel: (301)251-4925
- Fax: (301)251-4911
- Tel: (888)205-2311
- Website: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/
International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations
- P.O. Box 246
- Northampton, NN1 2PR
- United Kingdom
- Tel: 441604611821
- Fax: 441604624726
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.alsmndalliance.org
- 76 Firhill Rd
- Glasgow, G20 7BA
- Tel: 1419451077
- Fax: 1419452578
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: http://www.mndscotland.org.uk/
Motor Neurone Disease Association
- PO Box 246
- Northampton, NN1 2BG
- United Kingdom
- Tel: 1604250505
- Fax: 441604624726
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.mndassociation.org
Muscular Dystrophy Association
- 3300 East Sunrise Drive
- Tucson, AZ 85718-3208
- Tel: (520)529-2000
- Fax: (520)529-5300
- Tel: (800)572-1717
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: http://www.mda.org/
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- P.O. Box 5801
- Bethesda, MD 20824
- Tel: (301)496-5751
- Fax: (301)402-2186
- Tel: (800)352-9424
- Website: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/
For a Complete Report
This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). For a full-text version of this report, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".
The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only.
It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report.
This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.
Last Updated: 9/23/2007
Copyright 2007 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.
PeaceHealth endeavors to provide comprehensive health care information, however some topics in this database describe services and procedures not offered by our providers or within our facilities because they do not comply with, nor are they condoned by, the ethics policies of our organization.
Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.