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ALS & Neuromuscular Disorders Specialists in Spain

Hospitals and medical centers in Spain who have ALS & Neuromuscular Disordersspecialists.
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Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

Quirón has an internationally prestigious medical staff, the largest in the sector, and is also the principal hospital network in terms of patient numbers and care facility area. The group administers 38 healthcare centers, more than 2,864 hospital beds and 7,500 associate doctors.


ALS & Neuromuscular Disorders is available at Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

HM Hospitales

HM Hospitales is a hospital group with six private hospitals in Madrid: three general hospitals, a cardiovascular hospital, an oncological center and a women's health hospital.


ALS & Neuromuscular Disorders is available at HM Hospitales

Vithas Xanit International Hospital

Xanit Hospital Internacional is a modern private hospital located in the suburbs of Malaga, Spain. The hospital is modern (opened in 2005), and the staff include over 200 specialists in all medical specialties.


ALS & Neuromuscular Disorders is available at Vithas Xanit International Hospital

Nisa Pardo de Aravaca Hospital

A modern (opened in 2007), general, private hospital located in Madrid, part of the NISA group of hospitals. The international patients department can assist patients with accomodation and trasportation, and can communicate in English as well as in Spanish.


ALS & Neuromuscular Disorders is available at Nisa Pardo de Aravaca Hospital

Clinica La Luz

The largest private hospital in Madrid, with over one hundred physicians providing tertiary medical services in over thirty medical specialties. The hospital is equipped to deal with the most complex of conditions, including oncology, neurosurgery and cardiac surgery.


ALS & Neuromuscular Disorders is available at Clinica La Luz

Hospital Clínic Costa Brava

Hospital Clínic Costa Brava is a modern medical facility with over 250 medical specialists, offering medical, surgical, aesthetic, cosmetic and rehabilitation treatments in the relaxing tourism town of Palamos, Costa Brava.


ALS & Neuromuscular Disorders is available at Hospital Clínic Costa Brava

Hospital General de Catalunya

idcsalud Hospital General de Catalunya provides medical services in over 25 specialties, being one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in Europe, with an excellent medical care capacity to carry out complex surgeries and medical conditions.


ALS & Neuromuscular Disorders is available at HGC

Hospital Ruber Internacional

The Ruber International Hospital is designed as a "whole hospital". thus achieving maximum efficiency in the organization and development of the various medical, welfare, educational and research activities.


ALS & Neuromuscular Disorders is available at Hospital Ruber Internacional

Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital

Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital is one of the leading medical centers in Europe for childhood and adolescence medicine and offers a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to health care from birth through 21 years of age.


ALS & Neuromuscular Disorders is available at Barcelona Children’s Hospital

Quirón Madrid University Hospital

An ISO certified modern private hospital, which was opened in 2006, and is part of the Quirón Hospital Group. This tertiary care hospital 400 has certified physicians from all medical specialties capable of treating the most complicated medical cases.


ALS & Neuromuscular Disorders is available at Hospital Quirón Madrid

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About ALS & Neuromuscular Disorders

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.

What is ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, is a condition where certain nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain gradually die. These nerve cells are referred to as motor neurons, and they control the muscles, which let you move your body parts. ALS is as well known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Discussing with your physician, joining a support group, or getting counseling, can help you manage your feelings. Your family members might as well need counseling and support as your disease worsens.

What causes ALS?

Doctors do not know what brings about ALS. In roughly 1 case out of ten, it runs in families. This implies 9 times out of ten, an individual with ALS does not have a family member with the condition.

What are the symptoms?

The first sign of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is usually weakness in the tongue, one hand, one leg, or the face. The weakness gradually spreads to both legs and arms. This occurs as the motor neurons gradually die, they stop transmitting signals to the muscles. So the muscles do not have anything informing them to move. As time passes, without signals from the motor neurons telling the muscles to move, the muscles become small and weak.

As time passes, ALS as well leads to:

  • Muscle twitching.
  • Problems with breathing, eating, speaking, walking, and swallowing.
  • Trouble using your fingers, and hands to perform tasks.
  • Problems with thinking, memory, and changes in personality. However, these are not aren't common.

How is ALS diagnosed?

It may be difficult for your doctor to tell if you have the condition. It might not be clear that you have the ASL until symptoms worsen or until your physician has conducted more testing. To check if you have the disease, your doctor will perform a physical examination and will ask you regarding your past health and symptoms. You will as well have tests, which show how your nerves and muscles are working.

Simply because you have twitching, fatigue, muscle weakness, and stiffness does not imply that you have ALS. Those symptoms may also be due to other conditions. So consult your doctor if you have those symptoms. The physician will refer you to a neurologist to confirm.

How is ASL treated?

There's no cure for the disease; however, treatment may help you stay strong and independent for as long as possible. For instance:

  • Occupational and physical therapy may help you stay strong thereby making the most of the abilities you still have.
  • Speech therapy may help you with talking, coughing, and swallowing after weakness in the chest, face, and throat starts.
  • Supportive equipment and devices may help you communicate, stay mobile, and perform everyday tasks such as dressing, bathing, and eating. Some examples are shower seats, wheelchairs, handrails, canes, raised toilet seats, walkers, and ramps. You may as well get braces to support your neck, feet, or ankles.
  • Medicines: you will find medicines that can assist with most of the symptoms you may have, like pain, extra saliva and drooling, muscle issues (twitching, stiffness, cramps), and mood swings and depression.
  • A feeding tube may help you get adequate nutrition to stay strong as long as you can.
  • Breathing devices may help you breathe without difficulty as your chest muscles get weak.

A medicine known as riluzole (Rilutek) might extend survival by roughly two months. However, it does not improve the quality of life or symptoms in ways that those with ASL, their doctors, their caregivers have been able to notice. Many people stand the effects of riluzole very well; however, it may cause adverse reactions, which include coughing, vomiting, dizziness, nausea, and weakness.

Palliative care

Palliative care is a type of care for those who have a severe disease. It is different from care to cure your disease. Its objective is to improve your quality of life-not only in your body but even in your spirit and mind.

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