Non-clinical tests for the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.

P. M. Rossini, M. Caramia, F. Lavaroni, M. Spadaro, R. Floris, G. Tanfani, F. Zarola, R. Traversa, M. G. Marciani, G. Bernardi

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Liquoral, Neurophysiological and Nuclear Imaging data were investigated in 29 patients suffering from Definite (11 cases), Probable (11 cases) and Possible (7 cases) Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The most sensitive tests were: Visual Evoked Potentials (VEPs), altered in 75% of patients, Motor Evoked Potentials (MEPs), abnormal in 75%, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in 72.4%. Somatosensory Evoked Potentials (SEPs) were altered in 69.2% in PN-SEPs and in 53.6% in MN-SEPs, whilst Brainstem Evoked Potentials (BAEPs) were altered in 30.8% of cases. The results suggest that patients with suspected forms of MS should be submitted, as routine diagnostic protocol, to a battery of EPs, including as a first choice VEPs, MEPs and PN-SEPs. MRI should be performed to confirm a diagnosis not supported by EP data, or for a comprehensive localization of the demyelinating plaques.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-40
Number of pages8
JournalRivista di Neurologia
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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