Is MS on the rise and if so, why? I live in a small community and am surprised by the number of people I know who have MS. According to the statistics out there, I seem to be experiencing a statistical anomaly. My question is are we missing a cause right under our nose, so to speak?
The diagnosis of MS is on the rise, possibly due to earlier diagnosis with advance MRI technology and revised diagnostic criteria (the newest MS diagnostic criteria allow us to diagnose MS sooner than was possible previously). There may be other environmental factors contributing to the rise in diagnosis of MS but what these factors are is not entirely clear.
Benjamin Osborne, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology
Director, Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) Clinic
Director, Neuro-Ophthalmology Clinic
Associate Director of the NIH/Georgetown Neurology Residency Program
Medstar Georgetown University Hospital
3800 Reservoir Road, NW 7PHC
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