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optic neuritis (nmo) or multiple sclerosis (ms)? what are the different victims?

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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 Apr 11, 2016

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