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MS vs. Ankylosing Spondylitis: What Are the Differences?

MS and ankylosing spondylitis are both chronic autoimmune diseases that differ greatly in symptoms and treatment. Learn more about their differences....

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Can MS Be Diagnosed Through Blood Tests?

Multiple sclerosis can be challenging to diagnose. Blood tests are used by doctors so they can rule out other conditions that have similar symptoms....

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What Is the Multiple Sclerosis Functional Composite?

Learn about the Multiple Sclerosis Functional Composite (MSFC), which is a three-part tool used to access disability in multiple sclerosis (MS)....

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Self-Assessment of Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

A steady worsening of multiple sclerosis symptoms over time is a sign of disease progression. Read about the early signs of MS and progression....

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What to Know About the Multiple Sclerosis Diagnostic Criteria

Diagnosing multiple sclerosis (MS) involves multiple tests and isn’t always straightforward. Learn how the McDonald criteria are used to diagnose...

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Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

MS must be distinguished from other conditions to reach a diagnosis. Learn about the tests your doctor will perform and next steps so you are...

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Is Multiple Sclerosis Hereditary?

Through statistics and research, read about the role of genes in MS, and specifically whether MS is considered a hereditary disease. Multiple...

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Understanding Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Relapses

With MS, it's often difficult to distinguish between a paroxysmal symptom, a pseudoexacerbation, and a true relapse. Here's what you should...

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Overview of Progressive-Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Progressive-relapsing MS (AKA primary progressive MS) is a type of multiple sclerosis characterized by gradual decline instead of relapses and...

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Causes and Risk Factors of Multiple Sclerosis

Learn about the common causes of multiple sclerosis, plus how genetics and lifestyle factors play a role in who gets it. Causes and risk factors for...

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Contrast Dyes for MRI in Multiple Sclerosis

MRIs are used to diagnose and monitor MS. Learn about the risks of using the contrast dye gadolinium, including the possibility of brain deposits....

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An Overview of Benign Multiple Sclerosis

Benign multiple sclerosis (MS) is a mild form of MS. You have little or no physical disability, though you may have other impairments. Though benign...

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What Is the Pre-Tysabri JC Virus Antibody Test?

Learn about how the JC virus antibody test can help doctors determine whether patients are at a higher risk for developing PML. The JC virus antibody...

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Understanding Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis

An overview of pediatric multiple sclerosis, including causes, common symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, how to cope, and how it differs from adult MS....

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How Multiple Sclerosis Is Diagnosed

Diagnosing MS is difficult. Learn about the process, including what tests and imaging may be done, and what other diseases have similar symptoms....

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for Multiple Sclerosis

An MRI can be uncomfortable, but it's often a necessary part of diagnosing MS. Get a sense of what to expect, from the procedure to results....

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