Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. It often is difficult to diagnose MS because the symptoms are similar to those of other conditions. There is no definitive test for MS; however, the findings of some tests can contribute to a diagnosis.
Tests may include:
Evoked responses —This test records the speed of the electrical responses in specific nerves after a repeated sensory stimulus. This test can help identify abnormal areas caused by MS.
Other tests may be performed to rule out other conditions which may have similar symptoms.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/ .
National Multiple Sclerosis Society website. Available at: http://nationalmssociety.org/ .
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