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4rhl1981

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If you thought your exposer to an unknown toxic substance was causing ALS symptoms what medical test would you request?
 

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An autopsy. After this length of time, nothing would show in blood or urine.

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I will most certainly request an autopsy in writing as part of my will, plus my wife says she will be demanding one. Maybe it will help them determine a cause of ALS or like sypmtoms, seeing they really don't know much for researching this desease for over a 140 years!
 

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My Neuro asks all his ALS patients ( at an appropriate time ) for a limited autopsy. All they need is a small section of brain tissue and a piece of spinal cord. This will help in his research for a cause. He needs the samples within 12 hours of death so it is important that your family knows your wishes.

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Can your local dr. do autopsy, I was told Gary would have to be sent to London for the autopsy, and that would take a few days
 

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I'm not sure. My doc at Toronto said they should have me back in town in a day. I can ask him for you if you'd like.

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Yes- ask him please, Al. I read somewhere that you need doctors with a different set of skills to perform a criminal autopsy, for example. Makes me wonder if a local person could find all the neurological answers we seek in an autopsy.

Me, I have decided to give my body and brain to whichever research institute wants it. If any does, lol! :lol:
 

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Most area hospitals should have a pathologist, a physician who is skilled in autopsies. If, by chance you live in a sparsely populated area, there still should be a pathologist on call for your local hospital. They shouldn't have to send you anywhere.

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My neuro did email me back and is sending me the protocol. I thought they needed the samples within 12 hours but it is actually 6. If you're in the boonies, that could be a problem.

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Welcome here. I hope you will like the advise.I think show in blood or urine and ask your doctor.I think he told right answer.
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Yes you should consult to a expert that make you feel better and clear your queries
 

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Al;
I live in the boonies and I can tell you that even getting pronounced dead is lengthy! Sad but true. I would like to participate with the donation of my brain and spinal cord, since I am being cremated anyway. But it is what it is!
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I'm out in the sticks so to speak as well. I have to hope to die during the week because the pathologists don't work weekends. That's in Toronto too.

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