Motor-evoked responses in primary lateral sclerosis.
Brown WF., Ebers GC., Hudson AJ., Pringle CE., Veitch J.
Primary lateral sclerosis (PLS) may be distinguished on the basis of clinical and pathological features from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The former is featured by a much longer clinical course, exclusively upper motor neuron findings, losses of precentral pyramidal neurons, and preservation of anterior horn cells. Electrophysiological studies of 7 PLS cases have shown normal peripheral motor conduction, absent or very delayed motor-evoked potentials, the occasional late development of denervation activity in distal muscles, and normal somatosensory-evoked potentials.