Renshi XuNanchang Medical College, China
Title: Considerations on the concept, definition, and diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a blurred and indistinct concept and definition, didn't properly update since the first description, which is far from being suitable for the current implementation of clinical and scientific research present and need urgent solution. Furthermore, the current diagnostic criteria need also further improve because the diagnostic measures have majorly depended on clinical manifestations yet up to now, which isn't conducive to early diagnosis and prolong the exact diagnosis. In this mini review, we firstly discuss the doubt about the concept and definition of ALS, and then review the question of recent diagnostic criteria, in order to further understand the concept, definition and diagnosis of ALS.
Prof. Renshi Xu, MD, PhD. Associate Dean and Director, Department of Neurology, Jiangxi Provincial People’s Hospital, Clinical College of Nanchang Medical College, The First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang Medical College. He has comleted his MD and PhD from Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He worked in Ulm University and University of Louisville for his post-doctor training. His research focuses on the clinical and basic research of Parkinson's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Over 400 papers including more than 80 SCI papers related with the results have been published.