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McDonald criteria revised by international panel

Dec 26, 2017 | Failure to Diagnose

Multiple sclerosis affects many New York residents. This condition is often misdiagnosed, leading people to receive unnecessary or incorrect treatment. Now, the McDonald criteria, which are used to diagnose MS, have been revised to help to improve the accuracy of diagnoses of the disease.

A panel of 30 MS experts from around the world met to revise the criteria. Led by experts from the Cleveland Clinic and the University College London, the panel revised the criteria in such a way that the correct diagnosis of MS might be faster. Experts say that diagnosing MS early is important because prompt treatment can help to prevent further damage to the nervous system.

It can be difficult to diagnose multiple sclerosis because it does not rely on the results of a single, definitive test. The process may include multiple tests, including imaging of the brain and spinal cord, performing lab tests, reviewing medical records and performing clinical examinations. Studies have demonstrated that MS is often misdiagnosed, meaning that people who are not correctly diagnosed may have worsened prognoses.

A delayed diagnosis can have negative consequences for the patient. People who have MS may suffer permanent damage to their nervous systems if they are not diagnosed early. This may leave them facing lifetimes of severe disability and reduced life qualities. People who have suffered harm because of diagnostic failures might want to discuss their cases with experienced medical malpractice lawyers. It will have to be established that the error constituted a failure on the part of the physician to adhere to a reasonable standard of care, and lawyers will seek the opinions of medical experts in that regard.