How easy is MS to diagnose?
After someone has an attack and they do an MRI of brain and spine, how easy are the lesions to see? If early in disease then how long would they take to show up? After 2nd attack or time frame?
Generally MS is hard to diagnose with confidence early except in cases with very typical syndromes and typical MRI findings. This probably occurs in less than half of the patients in whom the diagnosis is initially considered. As many as 25 % of patients referred to tertiary MS Centers with a diagnosis have another condition or a rare variant of MS.
Read through our diagnosis page on this website. Here is the link DIAGNOSIS PAGE as it has lots of information that might further answer your question.
Also, in the search box in the upper right corner of the page, there is a search box. Type 'diagnosis' in this box and you will see many posts regarding the topic of diagnosis. Also, in the column to the right on this web page there are topics and you can click on 'diagnosis' to see all the many questions we have received regarding diagnosing MS.
Scott Nielsen, MD wrote a blog about how long it takes to get a MS diagnosis that you might want to read as well READ MORE
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego