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#1 brndirt1


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Posted 18 August 2010 - 04:08 PM

Here is an interesting development, Lou Gehrig may not have died of the disease that bears his name.

While the paper does not mention Lou Gehrig specifically, Stern says there is a possibility that the ballplayer may have suffered from CTEM rather than ALS; there were several accounts of his being hit in the head severely enough to knock him out. And he played in a then record 2,130 consecutive games from 1925 to 1939, during which he could have sustained any number of other, less severe blows to the head. But the possibility that Gehrig has been misdiagnosed all these years is still small, since even Stern acknowledges that CTEM is a very rare condition that requires a unique combination of environmental and biological factors. "In a way, it's more of an intellectual game to think whether he had what is referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease or some other type of motor-neuron disease," he says.

Gehrig has been the face of ALS ever since his diagnosis and emotional farewell from baseball in 1939, but he was cremated after his death the following year, ensuring that his legacy as ALS's most famous patient will continue.

Did Lou Gehrig Die of Something Other Than His Namesake Disease? - TIME

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#2 Slipdigit


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Posted 18 August 2010 - 04:46 PM

There is no one test for ALS. The person undergoes a large number of tests to eliminate everything else.

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