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What are the benefits and risks of an early multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis?

The benefits of establishing the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) early include peace of mind for patients and families when dealing with unexplained symptoms. Also, studies have shown fewer relapses and new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) lesions in those who started their MS therapy sooner.

Risks of an early diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) include the potential for more inaccurate diagnoses. An earlier diagnosis may also lead to more people starting therapy with expensive and inconvenient medications. Some would argue that a certain percentage of people with MS will follow a benign course and may not need early treatment.

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