What is the Uhthoff phenomenon, what are the symptoms, and how is it resolved in multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Updated: Oct 08, 2019
  • Author: Christopher Luzzio, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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The Uhthoff phenomenon is an exacerbation of MS symptoms that is induced by exercise, a hot meal, or a hot bath. The most notable symptoms seen with this phenomenon are transient visual obscurations, dyschromatopsia, and contrast sensitivity changes. The symptoms tend to resolve with restoration of euthermia, typically within 60 minutes to 24 hours. Sunlight by itself is not considered to be deleterious, but excessive exposure may mimic the effects of high temperatures.


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