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Symptoms but no diagnosis

It is still possible to make a clinical diagnosis of MS (that is without tests like MRI) just as neurologists did prior to MRI; the McDonald Criteria allow that, although they state that additional evidence (like a positive MRI) is desirable

Some threads on the Forum have concerned the anxiety of several members about having symptoms suggestive of MS, but not having a formal diagnosis, as MRIs have been normal. Prof Jelinek discusses this issue in this podcast. Just to clarify the podcast, it is still possible to make a clinical diagnosis of MS (that is without tests like MRI) just as neurologists did prior to MRI; the McDonald Criteria allow that, although they state that additional evidence (like a positive MRI) is desirable. In practice, MS diagnosis is generally based on MRI these days, and now can be made without having to wait for a second attack.

 

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