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What will your doctor do to test for multiple sclerosis?

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Your doctor will start by asking you about your medical history and your symptoms. He or she will 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
  • Lumbar punctures, also called lspinal taps, to check the fluid that runs through your spinal column
  • Electrical tests, called evoked potentials, to see if multiple sclerosis has affected your nerve pathways
  • Blood tests to rule out other conditions that can look like multiple sclerosis

SOURCE:
National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on February 16, 2020

SOURCE:
National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on February 16, 2020

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