The Dyspnea-ALS-Scale (DALS-15) can help doctors identify amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients in need of noninvasive ventilation, according to a study in Health and Quality of Life Outcomes.

DALS-15 also can be valuable in guiding the care of patients already receiving assisted breathing, and those with severe bulbar dysfunction who have difficulty taking lung function tests.

Now, researchers conducted a case-based study to illustrate the diagnostic and clinical utility of DALS-15 in clinical routine. The report describes two patients with ALS and dyspnea, who were part of the earlier study to develop and validate DALS-15.