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Prognostic value of weight loss in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  1. Frederik J Steyn1,2,
  2. Shyuan T Ngo2,3
  1. 1Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Saint Lucia, Queensland, Australia
  2. 2Department of Neurology, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Herston, Queensland, Australia
  3. 3The Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, University of Queensland, Saint Lucia, Queensland, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Frederik J Steyn, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Saint Lucia, QLD 4072, Australia; f.steyn{at}uq.edu.au

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Improved patient outcomes may come from a greater understanding of the cause for prediagnostic weight loss in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an insidious disease. Diagnosis is made following observation of functional deficits that occur due to the death of upper and lower motor neurons. Pathological hallmarks of corticospinal tract involvement are almost always present, whereas upper motor neuron involvement could be subclinical.1 This complex clinicopathological phenotype is now recognised within a wide spectrum of disease that may include extramotor features such as cognitive and behavioural impairments.1 While median survival is currently 3 years following symptom onset, survival could become much longer. Superimposed on this elaborate canvas of presentation and progression is a range of factors thought to impact survival. Van Mantgem and colleagues …

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