Factors affecting the diagnostic delay in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery, 06/29/2012
Cellura E et al. – The diagnostic delay in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is about one year, besides the growing number of tertiary centres and the spread of information about the disease through media and internet. Cognitive errors based on an incorrect use of heuristics might represent an important contributing factor. Furthermore, the length of the differential diagnosis from other disorders and delays in referral to the neurologist seems to be positively associated with the delay in diagnosis.