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General points on making a diagnosis 

General points on making a diagnosis
General points on making a diagnosis

John Zajicek

, Jennifer Freeman

, and Bernadette Porter

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date: 20 October 2020

Making a diagnosis of any neurological condition rests predominantly on obtaining a good history consistent with the clinical syndrome (ideally directly from the patient), looking for corroboration of findings on neurological examination that are consistent with the condition, and then using any investigations to add weight to the diagnosis one way or the other. A diagnosis cannot be made simply from an MR scan, or any other single part of the process. These days, the criteria by which a diagnosis of MS can be made have been generally agreed and published (...

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