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What lumbar puncture tests are for multiple sclerosis

A 62-year-old member asked:
Dr. Virginia Simnad
27 years experience Neurology
It cannot by itself: Spinal fluid analysis is only one piece of the puzzle, and is not specific enough to stand alone to diagnose ms. Certain patterns are recognized in w ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Do you need it?: I will do lumbar puncture in pts who are not convincingly diagnosed using MRI images, and who may have alternative diagnoses. If your MRI is diagnost ... Read More
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Impossible to tell: It is impossible to tell without an examination and appropriate studies. Start with your neurologist.
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Let's analyze: If you possess bulging discs in neck and back, these are NOT affecting your walking in any fashion. You claim your Multiple Sclerosis is "not active" ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Few test beside the: Physical exam, x-ray, mri, EMG ncs of the lower extremities.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jenny Sung
23 years experience Pediatrics
Spinal tap: Spinal tap (lumbar puncture) will determine if there's meningitis and what the organism causing the infection is.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
26 years experience Neurosurgery
See below: Mri, maybe ct, spinal fluid analysis, neurologic exam, spinal myelography.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Suspicion/ testing: A trained observer will often see the early skin changes of ts in early infancy. A ct scan and or other studies will often confirm the presence of "t ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stan Lee
Dr. Stan Lee answered
22 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
History&MRI: Spinal stenosis is best seen on mri. However, unless there are correlating symptoms by history, it is just a radiographic finding. If a patient has co ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Prager
41 years experience Sports Medicine
Multiple fractures: Xrays are the quickest and most informative for multiple fractures. If the fracture is at a joint and surgery is necessary then we sometimes will ord ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Weisman
35 years experience Neurology
MS: Multiple neurological problems spread out over time and the neuro-axis. MRI lesions can be found in the spinal cord, next to the ventricles, in the br ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
Not alone.: The test is one of many used to diagnose ms. Even mris of the brain are not specific enough. The diagnosis is a compellation of tests including the ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
Biopsy, blood: In advanced stages, no test is required. It if the diagnosis is suspected early, a skin biopsy will usually prove the diagnosis. In the blood, the scl ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
The tests for Multiple sclerosis include:: MRI of brain, Complete blood count, Cerebrospinal fluid, Comprehensive metabolic panel, MRI of entire spine with and without contrast, Thyroid stimu ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Diagnosis: Since we hope to find alternative problems instead of als, we search for possible other diagnoses. The testing includes blood studies, especially for ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
38 years experience Pain Management
Transverse myelitis: A full neurologic evaluation. Analysis of the spinal (CSF) fluid, EMG testing, imaging studies also.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
29 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Myeloma tests: There are many tests that are used to diagnose and stage multiple myeloma. These can include: cbc, chemistry panel, bone marrow biopsy, chromosome st ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Numerous: MS can be a challenging and even mysterious disease to neurologists who have a general practice, as numerous other conditions can mimic and confuse. ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
X-ray and MRI: Mri is the gold staderd to diagnose spinal abcess.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Prager
41 years experience Sports Medicine
Rib Fractures: Physical exam is the first thing that needs to be done. A good chest xray will usually pick up rib fractures. Rarely is a more advanced imaging neces ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Virginia Simnad
27 years experience Neurology
See answer below: Currently there is not genetic or other diagnostic testing for multiple sclerosis. Neurological symptoms history is only partially helpful, as other ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
39 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
History, exam, MRI: In many cases, your history will show the symptoms of myelopathy (e.g., hand clumsiness, numbness, weakness). A careful exam may show signs of spinal ... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Roschmann
45 years experience Rheumatology
Local weakness: There are many nonspecific (like fatigue ) symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis. More specific symptoms would be arm or leg weakness that may ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
38 years experience Neurosurgery
Degenerative disc: The most common test now done is the MRI, in some cases a CT scan can be also helpful

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