What Causes MND?
Date Posted: 27.03.2012
Many theories have been proposed - viral infection, environmental poisons, metabolic disturbance and genetic defects. In the vast majority of cases of MND, there is no history of the disease in any of the immediate family members (grandparents, parents, brothers or sisters). This is called “sporadic MND”, because the disease appears for no apparent reason. However, in about 10% of cases, family history of the disease indicates that inherited genetic damage causes the condition; this is termed “familial MND”.
How many people get MND?
Approximately one in 50,000 will develop MND in any one year, with 250 patients in Ireland at any one time. Most patients are adults.
Source : www.imnda.ie