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Table 2 Direct and indirect referral from an ORTH to a neurologist in LO patients

From: Limb-onset amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients visiting orthopedist show a longer time-to-diagnosis since symptom onset

  ORTH to Neurologist ORTH to other clinics to Neurologist
Demographics   
 No. of patients (%) 34 (77.3) 10 (22.7)
 Gender ratio F:M 1:2.4 1:1.5
 Mean age of onset in years (SD) 63.1 (8.2) 61.9 (7.8)
 Spinal spondylosis, n (%) 20 (58.9) 5 (50.0)
 Spinal surgery, n (%)* 3 (8.8) 0
Diagnostic Interval   
 Average number of months from symptom onset (SD) 21.9 (6.1) 17.1 (5.5)
  1. *Diagnosed by a neuroradiologist.