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A 35-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 36 years experience
Please be calm: 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.
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Explanation: 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.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

Is optic neuritis sometimes caused by multiple sclerosis?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 36 years experience
No: Though optic neuritis might be the first presentation in someone who will develop ms, there are many times when it is simply optic neuritis. A thorough history and examination by a neurologist can help address for you whether you might already have ms, or simply optic neuritis.
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Last updated Jul 14, 2018

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