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Mertz....The answer you seek is tough because there is no such thing as an ALS test.So how do DR's diagnose is by process of elemination of other neuro diseases. There are also other diseases that mimic ALS like PLS/SMA or CIDP/MMN as you can look these up if ypu wish.

The EMG/NCV test by a neurologist will tell them if its Demyenating or Axonal. If its Demyelinating than usually auto immune (not als) or Axonal which is usually nerve cell death (possibly als). Also a lumbar Puncture can help as the spinal fluid can test for about 10 different disease perameters.

So press the neurologist to do these tests on your brother so you can try to get some wishes ......

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