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Is a cerebral attack a common symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Cerebral attack, also known as stroke, is not a common symptom of Multiple Sclerosis.  In patients who present with stroke like symptoms, a diagnosis other than MS should be considered.
Louis Rosner
Neurology

The cerebral attack is a type of episode that rarely occurs in multiple sclerosis (MS), with only a 3 percent incidence rate. The symptoms come on like those of a stroke and include mental disturbance; seizures; loss of speech expression or comprehension (aphasia); one-sided visual field loss (hemianopsia); or sensory loss or weakness of the face, arm, and leg on one side (hemiparesis). Epileptic seizures are occasionally seen with MS, but the conditions are not necessarily related.

In general, cerebral attacks are so unusual in MS that other diagnoses tend to be uppermost in the doctor's thinking until the rapid and complete recovery brings multiple sclerosis to mind.

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