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Infectious Diseases

Misdiagnoses

02/09/2004

Question:

Is it possible for someone to have lyme disease and be misdiagnosed with ALS?

Answer:

I don`t know how the diagnosis of ALS was made. If you think Lyme disease is a possibility, you can ask your doctor whether or not specific tests should be done, such as Lyme antibodies in blood and cerebrospinal fluid and Lyme PCR in spinal fluid. 

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Response by:

Amy Beth Kressel, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati