Motor neurone diseaseOverview


Motor neurone disease is an uncommon condition affecting the brain and nerves. It's nearly always fatal, but some people live with it for many years.


Symptoms of motor neurone disease include muscle weakness, twitches, slurred speech and difficulty swallowing. The symptoms get worse over time.


Motor neurone disease happens when cells in the brain and nerves, called motor neurones, gradually stop working. It's not known why this happens.


Treatment for motor neurone disease aims to ease the symptoms as much as possible. Treatments include physiotherapy, speech therapy and medicines.

Page last reviewed: 12/01/2018
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