Severity Stages of ALS and Psychological Management

  • M. Iwata
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 209)


Psychological management of patients with ALS, particularly the problem of explaining the diagnosis, should be considered according to the disability stage with regard to both functional and social aspects. The present author proposes to classify the ALS patients of various clinical forms in five severity stages as shown in Table 1.


Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Spinal Muscular Atrophy Muscular Atrophy Severity Stage Psychological Management 

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© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Iwata
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurologyInstitute of Brain Research, University of Tokyo School of MedicineTokyoJapan

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