Training Overview

Part I: Clinical

Overview of ALS

Part II: Clinical Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management of ALS Patient

Part III: The ALS Registry

Continuing Education Credits

Acknowledgements

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Continuing Education Module

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Part II: Clinical Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management of ALS Patient

Clinical Assessment in Diagnosis of ALS, continued

Diagnostic Testing

         Electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS) are used in almost all cases to make the diagnosis of ALS

            ~ Nerve conduction velocity (NCV) studies with repetitive stimulation                and electromyography (EMG) will confirm lower motor neuron                degeneration and exclude disorders of the neuromuscular junction,                peripheral nerves, and muscle

Additional laboratory testing and imaging may be appropriate on the basis of the clinical presentation of the patient, especially if clinical findings suggest an alternate diagnosis.

 

Other neurologic disorders such a multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Huntington’s disease, and myasthenia gravis should be ruled out before a diagnosis of ALS is made.

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