What are the muscular symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)?

Updated: Nov 13, 2019
  • Author: Kathleen Clem, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Andrew K Chang, MD, MS  more...
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The patient notices wrist drop interfering with his or her work performance. Or, the patient may find reduced finger dexterity, cramping, stiffness, and weakness or wasting of intrinsic hand muscles. The patient may develop foot drop resulting in a fall or sprain.

Fasciculations may present early on in the disease, particularly in the tongue.


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