Diagnosing MS

Diagnosing MS can be challenging, according to the Office of Veterans Affairs.

There isn’t a laboratory test or specific symptom that allows a doctor to diagnosis the disease. The process usually includes ruling out other illnesses that can mimic symptoms of MS.

Brain MRI to look for lesions is recommended for an initial diagnosis. Spinal cord imaging may be helpful but is not necessarily recommended. Other tests include blood test for IgG and a lumbar puncture for spinal fluid analysis.

No diagnostic test can definitively diagnose MS. It is usually diagnosed based on a combination of a thorough physical exam, the tests listed here, and ruling out other illnesses. treated