Here is My Question:
In my MRI report from 6 years ago, it said I had encephalomalacia - pen point sized- in the pons (I had a severe flare in 2007 via large lesion in brainstem). Would dead tissue that size, in that area, cause disability/dysfunction? If so, what would be affected?
This is difficult to answer for a couple reasons...
The bottom line is that MRI isn’t a perfect biomarker of MS—nothing is. However, the MRI is very important in confirming the diagnosis but also plays a critical role in evaluating the effectiveness of MS disease modifying therapies in the individual patient.
A. Scott Nielsen MD MMSc
Neurologist and MS Specialist at Kaiser Permanente
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