Montreal neurologist says doctors must be better about early detection of ALS

A top Montreal neurologist says some ALS patients are showing up at her clinic too late to benefit fully from treatment.

Angela Genge, director of the Montreal Neurological Institute’s ALS Clinical Research Program, says there’s a desperate need to educate medical professionals about recognizing the signs and symptoms of ALS earlier so patients can get the expert care they need fast.

“When I see these patients, I am heartbroken,” Genge said of patients who have lost a year going from doctor to doctor with vague symptoms until the right diagnosis was made, paving the way for a referral to an ALS clinic where they could be eligible for experimental therapies offered in clinical trials.

“What we’re seeing is, the earlier we start the therapy the more the effect and the better the outcome,” Genge said.

Early symptoms vary, but can include clumsiness, tripping and dropping things,…

Original published: 2018-06-12 10:00:45 Read the full Montreal News here

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