Here is My Question:
How often is MS confused with Parkinson’s, ALS, or other progressive diseases?
Today, because of the availability of MR imaging, evoked potentials and spinal fluid analysis, it is very rare for MS to be confused with other neurodegenerative conditions. Confusion can arise early in the onset of symptoms but it usually becomes very apparent to the physician within months (at times several years) that they are not dealing with MS. It is important to realize that most neurodegenerative conditions, like ALS and Parkinson's disease, are only confused with primary progressive MS. They would never be confused with typical relapsing remitting MS.
Revere P (Rip) Kinkel, MDProfessor of Clinical Neurosciences
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Clinical Neurosciences Director
University of California San Diego
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