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Amyotroph Lateral Scler. 2012 Feb;13(2):229-32. doi: 10.3109/17482968.2011.643898.

A new member of the multidisciplinary ALS team: the otolaryngologist.

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Department of Otolaryngology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA.

Abstract

The multidisciplinary approach to treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has improved the overall care of patients suffering from this disease ( 1 , 2 ). This approach typically has included neurologists, physiatrists, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists and speech therapists. Dysphonia, dysarthria, and dysphagia are three of the most common bulbar manifestations of ALS, and are often the presenting symptoms in bulbar-onset patients. Despite this, otolaryngologists are often not included in ALS management until a tracheostomy is considered. The otolaryngologist can play an important role in early diagnosis and subsequent management of bulbar manifestations of ALS, and would be a valuable member of the multidisciplinary team.

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22292845
DOI:
10.3109/17482968.2011.643898
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