Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in a Brazilian Kayapó-Xikrin native

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2008
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Academia Brasileira de Neurologia - ABNEURO
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Esclerose lateral amiotrófica em uma índia brasileira Xikrin-Kayapó
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Universidade Federal de São Paulo. Escola Paulista de Medicina. Departamento de Neurologia e Neurocirurgia. São Paulo, SP, Brasil.
Universidade Federal de São Paulo. Escola Paulista de Medicina. Departamento de Medicina. São Paulo, SP, Brasil.
Universidade Federal de São Paulo. Escola Paulista de Medicina. Departamento de Neurologia e Neurocirurgia. São Paulo, SP, Brasil.
Universidade Federal de São Paulo. Escola Paulista de Medicina. Departamento de Neurologia e Neurocirurgia. São Paulo, SP, Brasil.
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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is one of the major neurodegenerative disorders alongside Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson's disease. It is a progressive disorder that involves degeneration of motor system at all levels, leading to muscle weakness and fatal course. Physical signs of this disease thus encompass both upper and lower motor neurons.The former is characterized by brisk reflexes and signs of pyramidal release such as Babinski sign, and the latter by muscle atrophy and fasciculation. The diagnostic criteria for ALS were published elsewhere.
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Região Norte, Região Amazônica, Pará, Xikrin, Doenças e Agravos Não Transmissíveis
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Brasil, Índios Sul-Americanos, Ecossistema Amazônico, Saúde de Populações Indígenas, Doenças do Sistema Nervoso, Esclerose Amiotrófica Lateral
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GODEIRO JÚNIOR, Clécio de Oliveira et al. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in a Brazilian Kayapó-Xikrin native. Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria, v. 66, n. 3-B, p. 749-751, 2008.
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0004-282X
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10.1590/S0004-282X2008000500029
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