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How can a lumbar puncture diagnose multiple sclerosis?
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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology
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In brief: Proteins in fluid
Patients with ms often have a particular pattern of inflammatory markers in their cerebrospinal fluid.
If ms is suspected but not proven, finding these proteins can help clinch the diagnosis.

In brief: Proteins in fluid
Patients with ms often have a particular pattern of inflammatory markers in their cerebrospinal fluid.
If ms is suspected but not proven, finding these proteins can help clinch the diagnosis.
Dr. Julian Bragg
Dr. Julian Bragg
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In brief: It cannot by itself
Spinal fluid analysis is only one piece of the puzzle, and is not specific enough to stand alone to diagnose ms.
Certain patterns are recognized in white cell count and certain proteins that identify an inflammatory state. In the right setting of clinical course, abnormal findings on the neurological exam, and usually specific MRI abnormalities, spinal fluid result will support the diagnosis.

In brief: It cannot by itself
Spinal fluid analysis is only one piece of the puzzle, and is not specific enough to stand alone to diagnose ms.
Certain patterns are recognized in white cell count and certain proteins that identify an inflammatory state. In the right setting of clinical course, abnormal findings on the neurological exam, and usually specific MRI abnormalities, spinal fluid result will support the diagnosis.
Dr. Virginia Simnad
Dr. Virginia Simnad
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In brief: Immunological
The lumbar puncture assesses presence of inflammation such as elevation of white blood cells, and increase of protein.
A screen for infections is included, and cytological studies can evaluate occult cancers. But the diagnosis is supported if an elevation of oligoclonal bands or IgG of CNS origin. A myelin basic protein level may be elevated during an MS relapse. Spinal fluid can confirm.

In brief: Immunological
The lumbar puncture assesses presence of inflammation such as elevation of white blood cells, and increase of protein.
A screen for infections is included, and cytological studies can evaluate occult cancers. But the diagnosis is supported if an elevation of oligoclonal bands or IgG of CNS origin. A myelin basic protein level may be elevated during an MS relapse. Spinal fluid can confirm.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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