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What tests may be done if you think you have multiple sclerosis?

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  • If you’ve had one or more symptoms that are common with multiple sclerosis (MS), your doctor may suggest tests. These can include: Blood tests to look for other problems with MS-like symptoms, like Lyme disease
  • A test to measure the speed of signals traveling along your nerves
  • An MRI, which creates images of your brain, so your doctor can check for areas of damage
  • A spinal tap to check the fluid that flows in your brain and spinal cord

SOURCES:

National MS Society: “What is multiple sclerosis?;” “Symptoms;” “Diagnosing MS;” “Optic neuritis;” and “Diagnosing MS.”

Marrie, R.A. Neurology, Jan. 2009.

Goldman's Cecil Medicine, 24th edition, 2012

UptoDate: “Epidemiology and clinical features of multiple sclerosis in adults.”

Miller, D.H. TheLancet Neurology, February 2012.

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on July 23, 2020

SOURCES:

National MS Society: “What is multiple sclerosis?;” “Symptoms;” “Diagnosing MS;” “Optic neuritis;” and “Diagnosing MS.”

Marrie, R.A. Neurology, Jan. 2009.

Goldman's Cecil Medicine, 24th edition, 2012

UptoDate: “Epidemiology and clinical features of multiple sclerosis in adults.”

Miller, D.H. TheLancet Neurology, February 2012.

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on July 23, 2020

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