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Overview of how Multiple Sclerosis is Diagnosed

There is no specific test to diagnose Multiple Sclerosis. Doctors are able to diagnose a person with Multiple Sclerosis by ruling out other conditions (such as stroke or meningitis). To diagnose Multiple Sclerosis, a doctor will ask about the patient’s medical history, conduct a physical and neurological exam, and run various diagnostic tests. These tests include spinal tap, MRI, and evoked potentials.

Additional resources that provide more information on how Multiple Sclerosis is diagnosed:

Diagnosing MS (National Multiple Sclerosis Society)

How is Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosed? (Multiple Sclerosis Foundation)

How is Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosed? (Cleveland Clinic)

Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis (University of California San Francisco Medical Center)

Multiple Sclerosis: Hope Through Research: How is MS Diagnosed? (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)

Medical History (National Multiple Sclerosis Society)