Background ALS is a degeneration of the central and peripheral motoneurons in the bulbar and spinal areas; its mean duration is 36 months (deaths, respiratory disorders). The incidence is 2–5 cases/100 000. Two clinical features are observed: spinal with motor defect of the limbs, bulbar with swallowing disorders.
Objectives To report 6 cases of ALS, observed in a Department of Rheumatology in a University hospital, hospitalised in 1999 for chronic painful syndromes.
Methods Description of: demographic data (age, sex), rheumatologic features (sciatica, cruralgia, painful limb, fatigue on walking.. .), clinical signs, results of explorations, course of the disease and treatment.
Conclusion Rheumatologist may meet ALS and must know the signs allowing the diagnosis.
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