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What tests will my doctor perform to diagnose multiple sclerosis?

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  • Your doctor will start by asking you about your medical history and your symptoms. She’ll also do a few tests to see if your brain and spinal cord are working as they should. These include: Imaging tests, like an MRI, to take a closer look at your brain
  • Spinal taps, also called lumbar punctures, to check the fluid that runs through your spinal column
  • Electrical tests, called evoked potentials, to see if MS has affected your nerve pathways
  • Blood tests

From: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Diagnosis & Tests WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on February 28, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 2/28/2018

SOURCE: National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on February 28, 2018

SOURCE: National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on February 28, 2018

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