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Do you need treatment for clinically isolated syndrome?

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The symptoms of a clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) flare don’t last long. Your doctor may prescribe steroids or other medications for relief. He or she may want to do another MRI three or six months after your diagnosis to check for new lesions. If you have lesions and your doctor thinks you’re likely to eventually have multiple sclerosis (MS), your doctor might prescribe you medication to treat multiple sclerosis.

From: What Is Clinically Isolated Syndrome? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “What is MS? Related conditions: Clinically isolated syndrome (CIS).” National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Symptoms & diagnosis: MS symptoms.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “NINDS multiple sclerosis information page.” National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Symptoms & diagnosis: Clinically isolated syndrome (CIS).”

Kuhle J et.al. , February 2015. Multiple Sclerosis Journal

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Treating MS: Medications: Adherence.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Symptoms & diagnosis: Possible MS.”

Multiple Sclerosis Trust: “Clinically isolated syndrome (CIS).”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on June 10, 2017

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SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “What is MS? Related conditions: Clinically isolated syndrome (CIS).” National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Symptoms & diagnosis: MS symptoms.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “NINDS multiple sclerosis information page.” National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Symptoms & diagnosis: Clinically isolated syndrome (CIS).”

Kuhle J et.al. , February 2015. Multiple Sclerosis Journal

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Treating MS: Medications: Adherence.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Symptoms & diagnosis: Possible MS.”

Multiple Sclerosis Trust: “Clinically isolated syndrome (CIS).”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on June 10, 2017

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