Question about MRI consistent with diagnosis

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   Posted 6/29/2008 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I was reading about some of the meds available for prevention of developing further lesions. Can someone give me an idea what they mean by MRI consistent with MS. My doc says that according to the MRI I have lesions which can signify MS or something else. He pointed out several lesions to me on the MRI.

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   Posted 6/29/2008 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey sanddune,

Lesions can be caused by many things.  It is a very difficult thing to look into the brain without opening it up and possibly damaging it.  So the use of MRI is a wonderful thing.  The problem is that MRI will show that something is there but not tell you exactly what that something is.  A lesion is basically a spot.  They can have many causes: tumor, stroke, concussion or injury, lyme disease, HIV/AIDS, meningitis or other infection and of course MS.  After finding a lesion or lesions, the doctor must then rule out other possible causes before handing down the MS diagnosis. 

MS tends to be only in the white matter of the brain and so that can be helpful.  If someone were to have a spot or lesion on the gray matter or another brain structure that is probably not MS. 

So it just seems that the lesions that showed up on your MRI are in the right place and have the "look" of typical MS lesions.

Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006

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   Posted 6/29/2008 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gretchen:
I guess since this has progressed since 3 years ago there is concern now to rule out MS. I am also wondering about Lymes since I spent time on Fire Island 3 years ago before I startedhaving all these symptoms. the Neuro hasn't gone over that yet.
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