Answers to Common Neuromuscular Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about neuromuscular health.

How is MS diagnosed?

Our primary tools for diagnosing MS are the patient’s clinical history, neurologic exam, MRIs and tests of the spinal fluid. Not everybody has to have a spinal tap. Sometimes we are able to diagnose the disease with the history, exam and MRIs, which can show the lesions. Tests of the spinal fluid show if the body is attacking itself and can help confirm a diagnosis if there is lack of clarity. We sometimes use additional tests such as visual evoked potentials (VEPs), and less often somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEPs) and brainstem auditory evoked potentials (BAEPs) to provide further clarity. Evoked potentials tests measure the electrical activity in different parts of the brain and can detect problems with specific nerves.

Source: Tracy Eicher, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute