Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A Guide for Patients and Families (3rd Revised edition)

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A Guide for Patients and Families (3rd Revised edition)

By: Hiroshi Mitsumoto (author)Paperback

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ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, cannot be cured but it can be treated. A great deal can be done to treat the symptoms of ALS, to improve an individual's quality of life and to help families, caregivers and loved ones to cope with the disease. This extensively revised and rewritten new edition of the bestselling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A Guide For Patients and Families addresses all of those needs and brings up-to-date important information to those living with the reality of ALS. The book is completely revised throughout and contains new information on:* Recently developed approaches to treating ALS symptoms* Use of non-invasive ventilators* Multidisciplinary team care* New guidelines being developed by the American Academy of Neurology for patients with ALS* The use of riluzole (Rilutek) to treat ALS. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis covers every aspect of the management of ALS, from clinical features of the disease, to diagnosis, to an overview of symptom management. Major sections deal with medical and rehabilitative management, living with ALS, managing advanced disease, end-of-life issues, and resources that can provide support and assistance in this time of need.

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Hiroshi Mitsumoto, MD - Dr. Hiroshi Mitsumoto is the current Medical Director of the ALS Center at Columbia University Medical Center. Previously he was on the faculty of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation where he served as Director of the ALS Center. In 2000 he received the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He has published widely on the subject.


What is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis?; The Clinical Features and Prognosis of ALS; The Diagnosis of ALS; Treating the Symptoms of ALS; A Comprehensive Approach to Managing ALS; Rehabilitation Issues; Physical Therapy; Occupational Therapy; Wheelchair Selection; Managing Communication and Swallowing Difficulties; Nutrition Intervention; Pulmonary Management; Life Support: Realities and Dilemmas; Alternative and Complementary Therapies; Clinical Therapeutic Trials for ALS; The Design of Clinical Trials; The ALS Patient Care Database; Sharing the Experience of ALS: Patient and Family Support Groups; Meditation and ALS; Living with ALS: Quality of Life Issues; Familial Relationships and ALS; Financial Realities; Home Care Agencies; Palliative Care: The Management of Advanced Disease; Hospice Care; What the MDA Can Do; What the ALS Association Can Do; Resources and Support Services.

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/02/2009
  • ISBN13: 9781932603729
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 450
  • ID: 9781932603729
  • weight: 1
  • ISBN10: 1932603727
  • edition: 3rd Revised edition

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