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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. While the cause of ALS is largely unknown, about 10 percent of all cases have a hereditary (genetic) component. ALS affects approximately 5 out of every 100,000 individuals. In ALS, nerve cells die, and become unable to send messages to muscles. This eventually leads to muscle weakening, twitching, and an inability to move the arms, legs and the body. ALS does not affect a person’s ability to see, smell, taste, hear or recognize touch. The disease does not usually impair a person’s thinking or other cognitive abilities.

At The Nebraska Medical Center a multidisciplinary team of specialists work together in the management of ALS symptoms. A committed team, led by physicians who are specialists in ALS, review the needs of each individual to provide the best care possible. A dedicated nurse case manager is with each ALS patient every step of the way to ensure that patients and families are surrounded by the support and assistance needed to face the challenges of ALS, including referrals to trusted community resources.

The Nebraska Medical Center offers all the health services that may be necessary for an individual and their family who is living with ALS. The ALS nurse case manager will coordinate care with any of these specialty areas who all share an expertise in the management of ALS symptoms:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Nutritional services
  • Speech therapy
  • Social services
  • Neuropsychology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Pulmonary medicine
  • Palliative care

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment with an ALS specialist at The Nebraska Medical Center, please call 800-922-0000 or visit our Find a Physician link.

UNMC Physicians

  • J. Americo M. Fernandes, MD
  • Pariwat Thaisetthawatkul, MD

Private Practice Physicians

  • Nebraska Neuromuscular Consultants
  • Vahid Taghavi, MD

ALS Local Resources and Support Groups

ALS Association—Keith Worthington Chapter
10730 Pacific at Shaker Place, Suite 103
Omaha, NE, 68114
402-991-8788
ALS in the Heartland
6277 South 118th Street
Omaha, NE, 68114
402-592-2374