It can be difficult to diagnose amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS in its early stages because the disease can commonly resemble several other neurological diseases. Since ALS is a rare disease, it is likely that your physician will refer you to a specialized center, like Emory, where neurologists experienced in the diagnosis and care of ALS patients can work with you to rule out other conditions, and provide you with specialized care. There are no specific diagnostic tests for ALS. Depending on your symptoms and signs, your neurologist may or may not order other tests.

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The Emory ALS Center provides multidisciplinary care for patients and families with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and related disorders.