Motor Neuron Disease: A Practical Manual

Paperback | January 21, 2010

byKevin Talbot, Martin Turner, Rachel Marsden

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There are around 5000 patients in the UK living with Motor Neuron Disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), and many others shouldering the burden of their care. This fatal neurodegenerative disease leads to progressive muscle weakness and wasting, and there is currently no effective treatment.Managing these patients from their initial presentation, through confirmation of diagnosis and throughout their disease journey is challenging for all healthcare professionals. It requires a multi-disciplinary approach involving neurologists, general practitioners, palliative care physicians,specialist nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists. Each member of the team has different priorities to effectively manage the myriad of symptoms and other practical difficulties, both emotional and financial, that the MND patient may experience. This book is a comprehensive guide to the complexities of care for the patient with Motor Neurone Disease, written by experienced members of a large care centre. It has been specifically written and designed to provide comprehensive, easily accessible advice for all healthcare professionals involvedin the care of patients with this challenging condition, including diagnostic, prognostic, physical, emotional, and practical challenges. The entire care pathway from presentation to diagnosis to symptom management and end of life issues is addressed in detail, but in a highly structured, easilyaccessible format, that allows the reader to find practical answers rapidly. This book is an invaluable resource for neurologists (including those in training), neurology wards and specialist nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, respiratory andgastroenterology departments providing NIV or PEG support, palliative care teams and all healthcare professionals with an interest in MND patients.

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There are around 5000 patients in the UK living with Motor Neuron Disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), and many others shouldering the burden of their care. This fatal neurodegenerative disease leads to progressive muscle weakness and wasting, and there is currently no effective treatment.Managing these patients from their initial ...

Kevin Talbot qualified in medicine from the University of London and trained in neurology in London and Oxford. He established the Oxford Motor Neuron Disease Care and Research Centre and leads a multidisciplinary team focussed on the care of patients with MND. His research laboratory is investigating the molecular and cellular basis ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.09 × 3.94 × 0.02 inPublished:January 21, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Background: understanding motor neuron disease2. Diagnosis: is it motor neuron disease?3. Natural history of motor neuron disease4. Organisation of MND services5. Measurement of change6. Genetics of MND7. Potential disease-modifying therapies8. Symptom management9. Management of respiratory symptoms10. Nutrition11. Disability management12. End of life issues13. Carers and families14. Other motor neuron disordersAppendix 1- Useful internet based sources of informationIndex