Neurologists think multiple sclerosis (MS) is over diagnosed

May 15, 2012 | by Steven Rothrock MD

Two articles in the May, 2012 online issue of the journal Neurology suggest that that too many people are diagnosed with and treated for multiple sclerosis (MS). In one article, 95% of neurologists reported having seen patients in the prior year who had been diagnosed with MS but who did not have the disease.  More than 90% also reported that these patients received expense disease modifying medicines that were unnecessary. Reasons for misdiagnosis included reliance on nonspecific or inaccurate MRI findings, the nonspecific nature of symptoms, the over diagnosis of MS in patients with psychogenic (non-medical) symptoms, and over diagnosis of MS in patients with complex migraines.

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