Open main menu

Motor neuron disease

  (Redirected from Motor neurone disease)

A motor neuron disease (MND) is a neurodegenerative disorder that selectively affects motor neurons, the cells that control voluntary muscles of the body.[2]

Motor neuron disease
Synonymsmotor neurone disease[1]
Polio spinal diagram-en.svg
spinal diagram

Motor neuron diseases include:

The different classes of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) are sometimes included in the group by some neurologists; however spinal muscular atrophies are distinct diseases with clear genetic causes.[3][4]



In the United States, the term is often used to denote ALS, the most common disorder in the group.[3] In the United Kingdom, the term is spelled motor neurone disease and is sometimes used for the entire group,[5] but can also refer specifically to ALS.[6]

While MND refers to a specific subset of similar diseases, there are numerous other diseases of motor neurons that are referred to collectively as "motor neuron disorders", for instance disease belonging to spinal muscular atrophies.[2] However, they are not classified as "motor neuron diseases" by the tenth International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10), which is the definition followed in this article.


Motor neuron diseases affect either upper motor neurons (UMN) or lower motor neurons (LMN), or both:

Type UMN degeneration LMN degeneration
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Yes Yes
Hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) Yes[7] No[7]
Primary lateral sclerosis (PLS) Yes No
Progressive muscular atrophy (PMA) No Yes
Progressive bulbar palsy (PBP) No Yes, bulbar region
Pseudobulbar palsy Yes, bulbar region No

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Neilson, Stuart; Rose, Frank Clifford. Motor Neurone Disease: The 'at Your Fingertips' Guide. Class Publishing Ltd. p. 2. ISBN 9781859590478. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b Ellison, edited by Seth Love, David N. Louis, David W. (2008). Greenfield's neuropathology (8th ed.). London: Hodder Arnold. p. 947. ISBN 9780340906811.
  3. ^ a b "Motor Neuron Diseases Fact Sheet: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)". Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
  4. ^ Kimura, Jun (2013). Electrodiagnosis in Diseases of Nerve and Muscle: Principles and Practice. Oxford University Press. p. 599. ISBN 9780199969296.
  5. ^ "An introduction to motor neurone disease (MND)" (PDF). motor neurone disease association. 2015.
  6. ^ "Motor neurone disease". Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  7. ^ a b "A Look at Upper Motor Neuron Diseases Hereditary Spastic Paraparesis and Primary Lateral Sclerosis" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 March 2017. Retrieved 25 March 2017.

External linksEdit