A 35-year-old member asked:
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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
34 years experience Neurology
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.
Answered on Jul 14, 2018
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
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.
Answered on Aug 27, 2014

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