When is inpatient care indicated for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)?

Updated: Jan 02, 2020
  • Author: Divakara Kedlaya, MBBS; Chief Editor: Ryan O Stephenson, DO  more...
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An inpatient stay in the acute care setting may be necessary at onset of symptoms if the diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is uncertain and a full diagnostic workup is indicated to rule out diseases that may mimic ALS.

Once a diagnosis has been made, inpatient stays in an acute care hospital may be necessary in times of acute decompensation related to intercurrent illnesses, such as pneumonia.

Additionally, an acute stay may be indicated as respiratory function declines and appropriate ventilatory options are explored and implemented.


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