Oops: 1 in 5 people misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis – study | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Oops: 1 in 5 people misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis – study

In a new study, researchers from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Vermont (UVM) evaluated 241 instances of patients who received diagnoses of multiple sclerosis. The participants visited two academic medical centers in Los Angeles, California – they got referred to the hospitals by healthcare professionals in other L.A. clinics.

“The diagnosis of MS is tricky,” explained Dr. Marwa Kaisey, an author of the study who worked at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. “Both the symptoms and MRI testing results can look like other conditions, such as stroke, migraines, and vitamin B12 deficiency.”

The study sought to find out how many people got misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Additionally, it looked for general characteristics in misdiagnosed patients.

The results showed that many of the patients misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis underwent treatment for a nonexistent disease.

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