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What tests help diagnose multiple sclerosis?

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There’s no single test that can prove you have multiple sclerosis. Your doctor will use a few different ones to check you. These may include:

  • Blood tests to rule out diseases that cause similar symptoms, like Lyme disease and AIDS
  • Checks of your balance, coordination, vision, and other functions to test nerves
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Analysis of the liquid that cushions your brain and spinal cord, called cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). People with MS usually have specific proteins in their CSF.
  • Tests (called evoked potentials) that measure the electrical activity in your brain

From: What Is Multiple Sclerosis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “NINDS Multiple Sclerosis Information Page”

MS Coalition: “Emerging Therapies Collaborative”

MS International Federation: “Complementary and Alternative Therapies”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 6, 2019

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “NINDS Multiple Sclerosis Information Page”

MS Coalition: “Emerging Therapies Collaborative”

MS International Federation: “Complementary and Alternative Therapies”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 6, 2019

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