Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Diagnosing multiple sclerosis

In most cases, it's very hard to diagnose Ms,  at first and many other conditions tend to mimic it, which is why approximately 10% of people are wrongly diagnosed with this disorder. Brain infection, multiple strokes, blood vessel inflammation, high-stress levels and vitamin deficiency are all candidates to be initially mistaken for multiple sclerosis by doctors.

How is ms diagnosed? Which symptoms of Ms can be diagnosed first?

One specific test that would accurately show whether or not a person suffers from multiple sclerosis doesn’t exist. Neurologists use a numerous of different tests and ways in order to confirm the diagnose. For all potentially patients, very important is diagnosing sings and symptoms of Ms, after the questionnaire process, come neurological tests, which are also important. Using imaging tests such as MRI allows a more detailed presentation of the brain and spinal cord, showing any irregularities, if present. MRI is most often used when multiple sclerosis is suspected because it gives a view of any deeper inflammation. However, on about 5% of multiple sclerosis patients, this test will show negative results because their brain lesions will not be visible this way. Another problem is that people with high blood pressure or diabetes can have similar MRI results.
A spinal tap for ms is another test that can be used in Multiple sclerosis and diagnosis. Evoked potentials test is an electrical nerve test, which helps a doctor see if the parts of the brain responsible for sight, touch and hearing are affected. Even though blood test can’t show signs of multiple sclerosis, it can help eliminate conditions that look like multiple sclerosis, which is why it is sometimes recommended.

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