Summary

Early diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in the emergency department: necessary for its important therapeutic implications

Arbizu T, Arroyo González R, Casanova I Estruch B, Fernández Martínez O, Izquierdo Ayuso G, Montalbán X

Affiliation of the authors

Scientific Committee for the Early Detection of Multiple Sclerosis (DETEM), Platform of Independent Neurologists Specialists in Multiple Sclerosis, Spain.

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Arbizu T, Arroyo González R, Casanova I Estruch B, Fernández Martínez O, Izquierdo Ayuso G, Montalbán X. Early diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in the emergency department: necessary for its important therapeutic implications. Emergencias. 2011;23:140-5

Summary

Numerous international studies have shown that patients who start treatment for

multiple sclerosis (MS) early have markedly fewer outbreaks and the episodes are less

intense. Consequently, they are likely to stay active and independent longer. We might

say that early detection of MS is the most effective way to fight this degenerative

disease, which presently affects some 40 000 persons in Spain. Hospital emergency

departments are often the first place MS is recognized, and nearly a third of all MS

diagnoses are made there. Emergency physicians therefore play an important role and

should be able to suspect the debut of this disease in patients without a prior history of

neurological symptoms. This review discusses the keys for identifying MS as early as

possible to avoid delays that may diminish the effectiveness of currently available

treatments.

 

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