Weakness in neck flexors predicts survival in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Takeaway

  • At diagnosis, only weakness in neck flexor muscles predicted survival and respiratory impairment in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Why this matters

    The study suggests that weakness in neck flexors at diagnosis can be used as a prognostic assessment of survival and respiratory distress in people with ALS, therefore allowing more appropriate treatment and management strategies to be given.