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Is an optic nerve attack a common symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Optic nerve attack, also known as optic neuritis, is a common symptom of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).  It is the first attack leading to a diagosis of MS in 20% of cases and can occur in up to 40% of patients with known MS. 
Louis Rosner
Neurology
The optic nerve attack, or optic neuritis, is third in frequency of occurrence. About 17 percent of multiple sclerosis (MS) attacks are of this type. Optic neuritis (ON) is one of the most clearly defined sensory symptoms in MS. It is also one of the most common symptoms a patient will first notice. When it strikes, the patient can often state the time and place it happens.
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