Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence
Diagnosing Multiple Sclerosis
The diagnosis of MS can only be made after an extensive evaluation and is not based on one specific physical finding, laboratory test, or symptom. The diagnosis of MS is often difficult and may take time. The symptoms of MS can come and go, and symptoms are not the same for every person. A health care provider will take a clinical history and perform a physical examination. Although many of the symptoms cannot be seen on examination, there are specific guidelines that have been developed to help a health care provider (usually a neurologist) make the diagnosis of MS. Additional testing may be necessary, including imaging (an MRI) of the head and neck, blood tests, spinal fluid analysis, and visual tests. The VA is committed to providing our Veterans the specialized testing needed to establish an accurate diagnosis of MS.
Remote Consult for VA Providers of Veterans with MS
VA health care providers can request a patient consultation from the Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence (MSCoE) for Veterans who are enrolled in VA health care benefits. For information on how to make this request, please visit our remote consult page.
- Determination of MS Subtypes
- Diagnosing MS Using the McDonald Criteria
- Evolution of a MS Lesion
- Kurtzke Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS)
- Self-Report Questionnaires: Fatigue and Sexual Function
- 2017 Proposed Revised Guidelines of the Consortium of MS Centers MRI Protocol for the Diagnosis and Follow-up of MS
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