Old 05-01-2009, 07:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to know which laboratory tests support or rule out ALS ( except EMG)?

Iwant to know in someone who has foot drop in one food and EMG of other limbs is clear , what are the other probable diseases?

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Lumbar puncture (spinal tap)
muscle biopsy.
MRI of head and spine
blood tests
24 hour urine test for heavy metals

these are just some of the tests used to rule out diseases that can mimic ALS

Foot drop can definitely come from other causes than ALS

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You would be amazed at the amount of blood tests that can be run in an effort to rule out ALS. My neuro has stated, "There are always more blood test that can be run."
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The one definite indicator that my mother had ALS was that her nerve conduction showed only motor sensory damage.
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