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told i have optic neuritis for the first time. what is it and relationship to having multiple sclerosis?

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Dr. Jonathan Dissin
38 years experience Neurology
See Neuro-ophthalmol: In caucasian populations in temperate latitudes MS will be the most common form of optic neuritis.In non-caucasians, this will not be so.It is a subacute visual loss with an inflammatory cause.This could be demyelinating(ms), infectious, post viral, or other such as sarcoidosis or vasculitis.Results of your MRI are key in predicting your chance of a second event or diagnosis of ms. See a neuro-opht.
Answered on Jan 12, 2015
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Dr. Howard Pomeranz
27 years experience Ophthalmology
Optic neuritis: Optic neuritis is an inflammatory condition of the optic nerve. One of the many causes of optic neuritis is inflammation caused by multiple sclerosis in which the immune system attacks the myelin sheath around the optic nerve which leads to a decrease in vision.
Answered on Dec 2, 2013
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Description: Optic neuritis involves inflammation of the optic nerve which causes, loss of vision, dull color perception, and pain on movement of the eye. This maybe an initial presentation of MS, and in some studies 50-60% of pts go onto MS. But sometimes, just an isolated event which is treated and never goes onwards. An MRI of brain will assist in predicting next phases.
Answered on Sep 13, 2014

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