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Difficulties in Diagnosing MS

Posted Jan 14 2009 8:23pm
Information Provided by Robin-Marie B. in Ocala

Source: United Spinal Assoc.

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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