New test for multiple sclerosis

To date, there is no test that can make the diagnosis unequivocally. A new blood marker could better predict the course of the disease.

Neurofilaments form the skeleton of nerve fibers. Their breakdown products can be detected in the blood of MS patients.

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Visual disturbances, an arm that falls asleep in the morning or problems with urinating are not really a cause for concern, because in most cases the symptoms are harmless. But there are also the typical signs of multiple sclerosis, MS for short. Nobody should hesitate to go to the doctor if they have such symptoms, says Monika Albert, head of neurology at the cantonal hospital in Baden. “The earlier we diagnose MS, the better we can help.”

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