At what age is multiple sclerosis (MS) typically diagnosed?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that often strikes just as it seems life is getting started. The average age at diagnosis is between 20 and 40 years old, and as diagnostic processes improve, many people find out at a younger age that their future may be complicated by MS.

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Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

Diagnosing multiple sclerosis (MS) can be done with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), evoked potential tests, in which electrodes are placed on the head and body, and neurological exams. The disease can be harder to diagnose in ch...

ildren since they may not be able to describe their sensory symptoms, or the symptoms may be similar to those of other neurological diseases. Find out more, including what to do after diagnosis, from our Sharecare experts.
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