ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is a disorder of the motor neurons, the cells that control muscles. In about 10% of cases, a genetic defect is the cause of ALS. In the remaining 90% of cases, the cause is unknown.
The result is wasting atrophy and weakness of muscles of the head, arms, legs, and muscles used for breathing and swallowing. ALS affects about six out of every 100,000 people.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock is dedicated to providing you with excellence in clinical care for ALS (or Lou Gehrig's disease), researching the causes and finding treatments for the condition. We also provide education for you and your family, and for medical students and professionals.
Nationally recognized treatment centers
The ALS Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH, encompasses a comprehensive care ALS clinic and research laboratories that study the condition at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. DHMC is recognized by the National ALS Association as a Certified Treatment Center of Excellence for managing affected patients. Certified Treament Centers of Excellence provide supportive, evidence-based, multidisciplinary ALS care and services and meet the ALS Association's comprehensive clinical care and treatment standards.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) Manchester in Manchester, NH, offers a monthly ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic that works in tandem with the ALS Center at DHMC to provide support in the southern region. D-H Manchester is an ALS Association Recognized Treatment Center. The ALS Association awards Recognized Treatment Center status to centers that provide the same high quality, multidisciplinary care as Certified Treatment Centers, but that do not provide onsite research or clinical trials.
The following links to other Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinical programs provide information related to ALS: