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A 26-year-old male asked:

Flair sequence demonstrates minimal increased signal in the periventricular white matter which is non specific. what does this mean and can it be ms?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 34 years experience
Unless: the white matter changes are typical of MS(doesn't sound like it) or there are clinical signs of MS, it is highly unlikely that this represents MS.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Possible: If you have clinical abnormalities raising concern, this could be an early sign of MS. Best to see your neurologist and discuss this. Additional testing would involve possibly lumbar puncture, MRI of neck, and blood testing for other causes. Non-specific causes could include prior trauma, smoking, migraine, hypertension.
Last updated Feb 14, 2015


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