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I am terrified - how to figure out optic neuritis and multiple sclerosis (ms) risk?

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Dr. Catherine Willner answered

Specializes in Neurology

If you have been diagnosed with optic neuritis and are worried about whether you already have ms, vs. The risk of developing it, these are questions to discuss formally with a neurologist. We have statistics on risk, and ways to assess for other clinically associated lab support to address this for you specifically. I know this is frightening, but please discuss with neurologist.

Answered Jul 14, 2018

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Dr. Bennett Machanic answered

Specializes in Neurology

It is not an either or, but rather a statistical risk. Optic neuritis can turn out to be clinically definite ms in about 20-50% of people. If there is more than one white matter lesion over the brain on an MRI in an optic neuritis patient, by 14 yrs later, about 80% have developed full blown ms. So, very high risk if one looks at the above statistics.

Answered Aug 27, 2014

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