ALS mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary clinic

Amy­otrophic Lat­eral Scle­ro­sis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s dis­ease, is a neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive dis­ease in which pro­gres­sive mus­cle weak­ness leads to paral­y­sis. ALS is a result of the death of motor neu­rons (nerve cells) in the brain and spinal cord that con­trol vol­un­tary mus­cle move­ment. Most peo­ple sur­vive less than five years fol­low­ing diag­no­sis, but a small per­cent­age of patients live for ten years or even longer. So far, there is no cure. About 3,000 Cana­dian adults have ALS and less than 1 in 10 patients have a fam­ily his­tory of the disease.

The Mon­treal Neu­ro­log­i­cal Insti­tute and Hos­pi­tal — The Neuro, pro­vides the finest clin­i­cal care for ALS patients and their fam­i­lies. The Neuro also has state-​of-​the-​art facil­i­ties for car­ry­ing out basic and clin­i­cal ALS research.

The ALS clinic at The Neuro is con­sid­ered a model for mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary clin­i­cal care. The ALS clin­i­cal research pro­gram devel­ops and tests new ALS ther­a­pies in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Cana­dian ALS Clin­i­cal Trial Con­sor­tium (CALS), and with researchers abroad. The Neuro’s exten­sive national and inter­na­tional part­ner­ships help to advance research into ALS and to develop effec­tive treat­ments. The team adopted a model of care that mobi­lizes the right time and at an early stage resources such spe­cial­ized equip­ment, home care, respite and pal­lia­tive care that has had a very pos­i­tive effect on the qual­ity and life expectancy of patients. Services:

  • Con­sul­ta­tion and follow-​up for patients diag­nosed with ALS or sus­pected cases of ALS
  • Access to a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary pro­fes­sion­als – con­sul­ta­tions avail­able with res­pi­ra­tory ther­apy, phys­io­ther­apy, occu­pa­tional ther­apy, inhala­tion ther­apy, spe­cial­ized nurs­ing, social work, pas­toral ser­vices, speech lan­guage ther­apy, and nutrition.
  • The pro­gram has become a ref­er­ence cen­ter for these patients because of its exper­tise to use, for the right patient at the right time, tra­cheostomy, ven­ti­la­tory assis­tance at home, BIPAP and gastrostomy.
  • Patients can also par­tic­i­pate in clin­i­cal tri­als. Click to learn more.

How to request a consultation:

  • Please call for an appointment.
  • A request made by your pri­mary physi­cian is prefer­able but not obligatory.

Tele­phone: 5143985262


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