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Eric Wassermann ewass at helix.nih.gov
Tue Jul 19 08:27:57 EST 1994


In article <40.761.3157 at channel1.com>, eliot.gelwan at channel1.com (Eliot
Gelwan) wrote:
 
> Actually, you are half right. "Amyotrophic"refers to the fact that 
> there are *no* pathophysiological changes in the muscle tissue itself: 	
> 	-a	"without"
> 	-myo-	"muscle"
> 	-trophic	"changes"
> 
No.  You are *all* wrong as pointed out by Dr. Bleck.

> Identifying the disease 
> process requires ruling out that the muscle wasting is due to a muscle 
> tissue process.

You are wrong here too.  The disease is diagnosed by ruling in a neurogenic
process and ruling out a focal disease of the spinal cord (see any basic
neurology text).

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Eric Wassermann



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