Roberto Bomprezzi, MD––Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, Arizona
Difficulties in Diagnosing MS How can a physician know if a patient has multiple sclerosis (MS)? The kind of damage MS does to the nervous system is well known. MS is a progressive disease characterized by lesions in the central nervous system (CNS) in which myelin, the fatty material that insulates nerve fibers, is destroyed. Over time, most people with MS become increasingly disabled because of this damage. Despite this knowledge, however, no single test exists that can definitely identify MS, and making an accurate diagnosis early in the course of the disease can be quite difficult.
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