Why is early diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) important?

Updated: Oct 08, 2019
  • Author: Christopher Luzzio, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Early diagnosis is important because there is growing evidence that early intervention is useful. It is known through the work of Trapp et al that axonal loss can be present, even in asymptomatic patients, early in the disease process. [60] In addition, studies in patients with a first attack of neurologic symptoms suggestive of MS have demonstrated decreased disability and lower secondary relapse rates with interferon treatment.


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