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Diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Jeffrey A. Cohen, Justin Mowchun and Jon Grudem

in Peripheral Nerve and Muscle Disease:

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780195375367
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322930 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780195375367.003.0003

Series: Contemporary Neurology Series

Diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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Early in its course, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is mistaken for a number of other neuromuscular problems, including spinal disease, multifocal motor neuropathy, and even carpal tunnel syndrome, particularly when the onset of weakness is focal. Later, of course, the presentation is pathognomonic. The differential diagnosis of focal weakness is discussed as well as recognition of the more typical ALS clinical syndrome.

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Subjects: Neurology

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