Key clinical point: Absence of upper motor neuron signs and tongue fasciculations are associated with misdiagnosis of ALS.
Major finding: Veterans were misdiagnosed because of the availability heuristic, and nonveterans because of the anchoring heuristic.
Study details: An examination of medical records for 88 patients receiving treatment for ALS.
Disclosures: This study was supported by a University of Missouri School of Medicine Summer Research Fellowship Program.
Rodriguez C et al. AANEM 2019. Abstract 10. Diagnostic errors and the implications for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients.