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Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Posted by: Elizabeth Porco
In comparison, a multifocal episode of clinically isolated syndrome refers to when a patient experiences more than one sign or symptom due to lesions in more than one location. These symptoms may include an attack of optic neuritis accompanied by numbness or tingling in the legs. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society also explains that these episodes are usually not related to fever or infection, and patients often experience a full or partial recovery after it.
2. Who Suffers Clinically Isolated Syndrome?
However, this does not mean that the two are the same. Clinically isolated syndrome refers to the first episode of symptoms while a patient with multiple sclerosis experiences more than one episode. An MRI of a patient with CIS shows damages in only the area that caused the symptoms, but an MRI of an MS patient demonstrates multiple lesions in different parts of the brain. In addition, if the clinically isolated syndrome is accompanied by specific findings on an MRI that reveals other episodes occurred in the past, then the physicians can confirm the MS diagnosis as stated by the National MS Society referring to the 2010 revisions to the diagnostic criteria for MS.
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