Painless, progressive weakness – Could this be motor neurone disease?
Designed to assist GPs in recognising motor neurone disease symptoms the red flags tool aims to improve timely referral to a neurologist.
Motor neurone disease (MND) is often clinically difficult to diagnose. There is no single investigation specific to MND and no sensitive disease-specific biomarker so diagnosis is based on symptoms, clinical findings and the results of electrodiagnostic, neuroimaging and laboratory studies.
Rapid and accurate diagnosis is crucial in ensuring the needs of people living with MND are met from the earliest possible stage.
A new diagnostic tool highlighting MND ‘red flags’ has been developed for Australian GPs by MND Australia with the support of state MND associations.
The red flags tool Painless, progressive weakness – Could this be motor neurone disease? aims to expedite accurate diagnosis and improve timely referral to a neurologist.
This resource is accepted by the RACGP.
This guideline is published by NHMRC Partnership Centre for Dealing with Cognitive and Related Functional Decline in Older People