Saturday, March 12, 2011

Multiple Sclerosis: T1-weighted MRI (post-cont...Image via WikipediaMarch 11, 2011 — The International Panel on the Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) has revised the McDonald Criteria for diagnosing the disease.
"The 2010 revisions to the McDonald Criteria will in some instances allow a more rapid diagnosis of MS, with equivalent or improved specificity and/or sensitivity compared with past criteria and will in many instances clarify and simplify the diagnostic process with fewer required MRI [magnetic resonance imaging] examinations," the panel states.
The McDonald Criteria, named for the chair of the original panel, the late neurologist W. Ian McDonald, MB, ChB, PhD, were originally issued in 2001 and updated in 2005. New data generated since 2005 led the panel to reconvene in May 2010 in Dublin, Ireland, to refine the criteria.
The revised criteria were published online March 8 in Annals of Neurology, just ahead of National MS Awareness Week (March 14-20). They are available online.
Corresponding author is Chris H. Polman MD, PhD, from the Department of Neurology at VU Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
What's Changed?
"One of the most dramatic changes is that for the very first time we are going to use a diagnostic criteria that will allow some patients to be diagnosed...Read More

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