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Diagnosis and differential diagnosis

Neil Scolding and Alastair Wilkins

in Multiple Sclerosis

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199603251
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739705 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199603251.003.0024

Series: Oxford Neurology Library

Diagnosis and differential diagnosis

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• MS remains a clinical diagnosis, usually supported by investigations including MRI, LP, and evoked potentials • Various clinical features might raise suspicion of alternative diagnoses • The differential diagnosis of relapsing-remitting MS is quite different to that of primary progressive disease • A number of systemic inflammatory disorders can involved the central nervous system and can cause clinical pictures with significant similarities to MS • In many of these disorders, presentation with neurological problems, or disease activity confined to the nervous system, creates particular diagnostic difficulties.

Chapter.  3495 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neurology

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