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The authors take exception to my assertion that electromyography remains an ‘essential diagnostic test’ in motor neurone disease (MND), instead insisting that for most patients this is a clinical diagnosis. I agree. In fact I would go further; of course all diagnoses are clinical. However, for some diseases diagnostic tests are an essential part of making a clinical diagnosis, and MND is one such example.
Neurophysiology has two roles in the context of suspected MND. First, it is to provide independent evidence in support of the diagnosis. I'd be the first to admit that the electrodiagnostic criteria for MND are far from perfect, and specifically I would agree that the nomenclature is clumsy. Recent refinements have increased …
Response to Turner MR, Talbot K. Motor neurone disease is a clinical diagnosis. Pract Neurol 2012;12:396–7.
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