Motor neuron disease in otolaryngology - A review (2017)

Type of publication:
Journal article

*Fussey J.M.; *Skinner D.W.

Otorhinolaryngologist; 2017; vol. 10 (no. 2); p. 79-81

Motor neuron disease is an incurable neurodegenerative disorder affecting both upper and lower motor neurons, resulting in progressive weakness and inevitable death due to respiratory failure. Up to 30% of patients present with bulbar symptoms and therefore may be seen first by an otolaryngologist. Furthermore, almost all patients experience bulbar symptoms in the late stages of the disease and may require the input of an otolaryngologist as part of their multidisciplinary management.