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J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2003 Nov;74(11):1577-80.

Spinal cord MRI in clinically isolated optic neuritis.

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  • 1NMR Research Unit, Institute of Neurology, London, UK.

Abstract

BACKGROUND/METHODS:

One hundred and fifteen patients with clinically isolated optic neuritis underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain and spinal cord within 3 months of the onset of symptoms.

RESULTS:

Eighty one (70%) patients had brain lesions and 31 (27%) had cord lesions. Cord lesions were seen in 12% with a normal brain MRI, 21% with between one and eight brain lesions, and 45% with nine or more brain lesions. When the new diagnostic criteria for MS were applied, MRI cord imaging used for evidence of dissemination in time and space allowed a diagnosis of MS in only one additional asymptomatic patient at 1 year, two additional asymptomatic patients at 3 years.

CONCLUSIONS:

Using existing criteria, spinal cord imaging rarely contributes to the diagnosis in patients with clinically isolated optic neuritis.

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PMC1738213
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