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Is there a lab test for multiple sclerosis?

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Dr. Marcel Hungs
Neurology
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In brief: No

Not really. Multiple sclerosis is diagnosed by clinical exam, history and MRI of the cns.
We do perform a lumbar puncture that can confirm oligoclonal bands as lab tests. The combination of all these factors play a role in the diagnosis of ms.

In brief: No

Not really. Multiple sclerosis is diagnosed by clinical exam, history and MRI of the cns.
We do perform a lumbar puncture that can confirm oligoclonal bands as lab tests. The combination of all these factors play a role in the diagnosis of ms.
Dr. Marcel Hungs
Dr. Marcel Hungs
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Depression is common in MS sometimes prior even to a diagnosis of MS being made. It is also true that treating depression in MS is to be done cautiously since there are often increased sensitivities to antidepressant medication side effects with MS patiients.

In brief: No blood test

Cannot diagnose via blood or urine testing.
Spinal fluid may correlate or confirm. MRI the best current test.

In brief: No blood test

Cannot diagnose via blood or urine testing.
Spinal fluid may correlate or confirm. MRI the best current test.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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In brief: No

Mris are quite reliable.
Spinal taps can be negative even when one has ms.

In brief: No

Mris are quite reliable.
Spinal taps can be negative even when one has ms.
Dr. William Shaffer
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