Clinical Trends for November 2017

Ryan Syrek

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December 01, 2017

Clinical Trend of the Week (November 4-10): McDonald Criteria

Revisions to criteria that are used to diagnose a serious condition resulted in this week's top search term. Proposed changes to the McDonald criteria, which were originally created to help differentiate multiple sclerosis (MS) from other conditions, are intended to allow for earlier diagnosis. The updated criteria include consideration of both asymptomatic and symptomatic lesions, as well as the presence of oligoclonal bands in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in patients with a first symptom, which is an alternative to waiting for additional symptoms or lesions. A 30-member panel formulated the changes, which represent the first updates to the criteria since 2010. These proposed changes will continue to be monitored closely by those looking to provide an earlier diagnosis for patients with suspected MS.

For more information on MS, read here.

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