Steps to Take for Diagnosis and Care of ALS
There is no one essential diagnostic test for ALS diagnosis and the road to diagnosis may be different from one patient to another.
Often, the diagnosis is established when other diseases or conditions that mimic ALS are ruled out. Patients often have already had extensive testing including diagnostic imaging such as MRI scans, electrodiagnostic testing (EMG and nerve conduction studies), lumbar puncture, blood tests and genetic testing.
Ultimately, ALS is a clinical diagnosis made by a skilled neurologist and no single test is relied on to make or deny the diagnosis.
The first step is to make an appointment for an evaluation to determine the diagnosis (or second opinion) treatment plan.
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