The Differential Diagnosis Of ALS

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Which diseases are the differential diagnosis for ALS?

The Differential Diagnosis Of ALS

When you visit your doctor for a diagnosis, he or she will complete two tasks before arriving at an ALS diagnosis. The first task involves finding clues that are characteristics of ALS, and the second task involves trying to find clues that point to another disease. This second task is called the differential diagnosis. Looking for the differential diagnosis, especially in a disease that is fatal, is necessary to arrive at the correct diagnosis.

Some diseases that are a differential diagnosis for ALS, because they share similar symptoms include:

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Primary Lateral Sclerosis

Kennedy's Disease

Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Lyme Disease

Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia


Spondylotic Myelopathy

Your doctor will carry out as many tests as possible to confirm or discard the diagnosis of ALS.



8/1/2007 11:52:27 AM
john siegling said:

My friend died of "ALS" recently and I know good and well that Lyme was surely never considered. I'll bet that one days dose of metronidazole would have saved his life.


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