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Motor neurone disease


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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.

Motor neurone disease is a rare condition affecting the brain and nerves. It eventually leads to death, but some people live with it for many years.

Page last reviewed: 18/01/2021
Next review due: 18/01/2024