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Lyme diseae mimics ALS?
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Lyme diseae mimics ALS?


  What is your opinions on wheather late stage neurological lyme disease can mimic ALS or immune neruopathies?  There is some evidence and jounral articles written about this exact question.  What do you think?
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Anything is possible. Initially Lyme disease causes a rash which is very characteristic and would not be seen with ALS. Most patients will have alot of joint pain which again would not be common with ALS. Lyme disease is in the differential of some axonal or demyelinating immune neuropathies. ALS patients usually present with progressive painless weakness affecting upper and lower motor neurons. If you have read the various journal articles then you probably have as much or more information then we do so I don't think we can help you any further. If diagostic questions exist then a referral to an ALS center may be helpful. If you wish to be seen at CCF call 216 444 5559. This information is provided for general medical education purposes only. Please consult your physician for any diagnostic or treatment options regarding your particular medical condition.





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