Diagnosis

Approximately 400,000 Americans suffer from multiple sclerosis with the disease occurring twice as frequently in women as in men. It is the most common disabling disease in young people, often striking between the ages of 18 and 45.

Symptoms of multiple sclerosis can include fatigue, vision problems, balance disorders, difficulties with muscle coordination, tremors, slurred speech, bladder problems, and more. Symptoms can vary widely from patient to patient, requiring a thorough evaluation to reach a diagnosis.

At the UT Southwestern Clinical Center for Multiple Sclerosis, our highly trained physicians are experts in diagnostic tools and procedures.

To diagnose multiple sclerosis, our physicians will conduct a careful medical history, a neurologic exam, and various tests.

The requested tests may include:

  • Blood tests
  • Evoked potentials (EP)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Spinal fluid analysis