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Researchers identify common reasons for misdiagnosis of ALS

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.