Factors affecting early dia­gnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Authors: P. Matejička;  M. Gažiová;  M. Minár
Authors‘ workplace: II. neurologická klinika LF UK a UN, Bratislava
Published in: Cesk Slov Neurol N 2018; 81(3): 353-357
Category: Short Communication
doi: 10.14735/amcsnn2018353


Patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) go to specialized neuromuscular centres during the advanced stages, when severe multiple muscle atrophies, dysphagia and respiratory insufficiency are present. Its insidious onset is the main reason. Various factors may play a role – caused either by physicians (wrong diagnostic approaches, obscure electromyography findings, wrong interpretation, etc.), or by patients (delayed decision to seek medical consultation). The aim of our study was to identify certain factors affecting the time from ALS symptom onset to its diagnosis.

Key words:
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – diagnosis – electromyography – treatment

The authors declare they have no potential conflicts of interest concerning drugs, products, or services used in the study.

The Editorial Board declares that the manuscript met the ICMJE “uniform requirements” for biomedical papers.


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