Primary Lateral Sclerosis
National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.
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Primary lateral sclerosis (PLS) is a rare, neuromuscular disorder that affects the central motor neurons and is characterized by painless but progressive weakness and stiffness of the muscles of the legs. Such weakness may progress to affect the arms and the muscles at the base of the brain (bulbar muscles). Less frequently, the muscles of the face are affected. In most cases, the disorder affects adults during midlife. The exact cause of primary lateral sclerosis is unknown.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association
27001 Agoura Road
Calabasas Hills, CA 91301-5104
Motor Neurone Disease Association
P.O. Box 246
Northampton, Intl NN1 2PR
Tel: 44 1604 250505
Fax: 44 1604 624726
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
P.O. Box 5801
Bethesda, MD 20824
Les Turner Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Foundation, Ltd.
5550 W. Touhy Avenue,
Skokie, IL 60077-3254
530 Silas Deane Highway (Rt. 99)
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Spastic Paraplegia Foundation
7700 Leesburg Pike, Ste 123
Falls Church, VA 22043
International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations
P.O. Box 246
Northampton, NN1 2PR
Tel: 44 1604 611821
Fax: +44 1604 624 726
MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
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