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AIAN REVIEW
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 173-178

Clinical mimickers of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis-conditions we cannot afford to miss


1 Department of Neurology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Neurology, Neurosciences Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sucharita Ray
Department of Neurology, Cardio Neurosciences Center, Room No 702, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi - 110 023
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/aian.AIAN_491_17

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Giving a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis to a patient is akin to handing out a death certificate. However, not all patients presenting with the classical dysphagia, wasting, and weakness may have motor neuron diseases. In these cases, it is extremely important not to miss little cues which can suggest an alternative diagnosis and in many cases a lease of life in terms of a treatment option. In this review, we consider some clinical scenarios that can present with the same symptom complex as diseases involving motor neurons but have a different anatomical or etiopathological basis and in many cases even a therapeutic option.


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