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Multiple Sclerosis Test

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While there are many accepted measures to diagnosing multiple sclerosis, there is no specific test that shows proof of a positive diagnosis. Current diagnosis of definite MS involves both clinical (history and neurological exams) and paraclinical (MRI, Spinal Tap) evidence (Multiple Sclerosis Foundation).
The diagnosis begins with a discussion between the doctor and the patient. A precise medical history is recorded and signs/symptoms are assessed. The results of this diagnosis are highly dependent upon the accuracy of the patients medical history. Following the assessment of their medical history, the physician will then perform a neurological examination. During this examination multiple things are tested corresponding to the physical aspects of their body. Does the patient have delayed reactions/reflexes, any movements of the toes when applying stimulation? For patients who have balance and gait way …show more content…

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  • Explains that while there are many accepted measures to diagnosing multiple sclerosis, there is no specific test that shows proof of a positive diagnosis. current diagnosis involves clinical (history and neurological exams) and paraclinical (mri, spinal tap).
  • Explains that the diagnosis begins with a discussion between the doctor and the patient.
  • Explains that mri scans have revolutionized the diagnosis and surveillance of all patients going through all stages of multiple sclerosis.
  • Explains that a spinal tap test is used to test the cerebrospinal fluid, which might be fatal in the confirmation of ms.

For some patients no tests outside of the medical history and neurological examination is required to diagnose. However, most doctors don't entirely rely on those tests to generally diagnose a patient. Going outside the normal protocol, physicians usually look for other tests to provide additional proof. The tests that are generally used is an MRI Scan (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and or a Spinal Tap.
MRI Scans (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) have completely revolutionized the diagnosis and surveillance of all patients going through all stages of Multiple Sclerosis. The precise images produced by MRI’s allow the physicians to get a clear cut visual of anything abnormal within the deep tissues of the brain. MRI’s are particularly used when detecting central nervous system demyelination.

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