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How is ms diagnosed?

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Clinical,MRI: The diagnosis of ms is still mainly history taking and neurological examination. Advent of MRI has made the diagnosis easier and earlier by showing classical lesions not explained by other pathologies.

Answered 6/10/2014

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Process: History and physical exam suggests the diagnosis. MRI films demonstrating old and new lesions together, scattered about the brain white matter, can be confirmatory, and lesions in both brain and spinal cord can clinch the diagnosis. Spinal fluid often useful if the films are ambiguous, and blood studies are obtained to exclude other disorders which may mimic MS.

Answered 8/20/2014

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Dr. William Jenkins answered

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Nerve tests: Blood and spinal fluid tests, symptoms, takes a few years, difficult diagnosis

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MS diagnosis: MS is normally diagnosed by a neurologist. They will perform a detailed interviww and physical exam, and to make the diagnosis of MS, they will need to find some changes in either the brain or the spinal cord or the cerebrospinal fluid that indicate MS.

Answered 5/19/2016

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