What is the role of surgery in the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)?

Updated: Jan 02, 2020
  • Author: Divakara Kedlaya, MBBS; Chief Editor: Ryan O Stephenson, DO  more...
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Patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis who have respiratory failure due to bulbar and respiratory muscle involvement may need a permanent tracheostomy. Severe bulbar involvement may also preclude oral feeding due to significant aspiration and, therefore, a PEG feeding tube may be necessary for adequate nutritional support.


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