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    blood test for MS

    I have just read that a blood test for MS diagnosis is now available in Europe. It is produced by a company called "Glycominds". This is good news for people (like me) who "possibly" have MS. I'd rather know yes or no. It detects antibodies in the blood. A few years ago I read that progess in research had been made which would allow the development of such a test - I assume this is it. What a relief.

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    I haven't heard about this. I wonder if Wise or one of the nurses can chime in on the matter.

    I'm in that "possible" category too.
    "The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off." -Gloria Steinem

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    Attempting to use blood tests to diagnose MS are not new:

    http://www.friendswithms.com/blood%2...etect%20MS.htm

    http://www.everydayhealth.com/blog/t...st-for-ms-yet/

    http://www.webmd.com/multiple-sclero...iple-sclerosis

    http://media-dis-n-dat.blogspot.com/...lood-test.html

    There are a variety of markers that have been explored, but none have yet been found to be 100% reliable for predicting that someone will get MS, that they have it nor which type they have.

    If you are in the Phoenix area, here is a study you may want to participate in: http://www.unitedspinal.org/msscene/...rosis-antigen/

    This new test is not yet FDA approved in the USA, as they are still doing the required studies that show that it is truly a reliable and valid test. The company is actually in CA though:

    http://www.gms.net/site/index.html

    (KLD)

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    Thanks for the info, KLD.
    "The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off." -Gloria Steinem

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    I thought the spinal tap was the answer. In Norway they give you the diagnose MS if you have MS plague in your brain and sclerosis in your spinal fluid.

    And then you get the stop medication if you have an attack.
    TH 12, 43 years post

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    Quote Originally Posted by woman from Europe View Post
    I thought the spinal tap was the answer. In Norway they give you the diagnose MS if you have MS plague in your brain and sclerosis in your spinal fluid.

    And then you get the stop medication if you have an attack.
    My neurologist told me that my spinal tap would be abnormal due to the SCI. Is this correct?
    "The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off." -Gloria Steinem

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    Analysis of cerebral spinal fluid for myelin-specific antibodies has been done for MS for many years. Some do not have those antibodies all the time, esp. if not in an acute flare, and you can also have these antibodies present for some other diseases. MS is largely a "rule out" disease....rule out everything else it can be, and hope that you have enough critieria to make an official diagnosis if it is really MS. This still leaves some in limbo.

    Actually, symptoms combined with a MRI (T2 weighted ideally) is usually used to make the diagnosis in the USA now days. Rarely is a CSF analysis done because it is a painful and somewhat risky procedure to do the spinal tap.

    Sclerosis just means "hard place". Multiple sclerosis means multiple hard places in the brain. These plaques (as they are called) are accumulations of glial cells (astrocytes) which grow large and in more number to fill in the gaps left by dead or dying myelin (oligodendricyte) making cells. These show up as white hot spots on a T2 weighted MRI, and in MS there should be multiple ones along the brain ventricles paraventricular), along the optic track, and or the spinal cord.

    Most MS physicians are still using this criteria for making the diagnosis (and these criteria are often used as part of the selection criteria for research studies): McDonald Criteria for MS Diagnosis

    (KLD)
    Last edited by SCI-Nurse; 07-26-2009 at 06:03 PM.

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    Claims to be "First blood based biomarker test validated for MS"

    I was reluctant to post the link, as I know these boards are not to be used for advertising, but here it is...

    http://www.gms.net/site/patients_overview.html

    I have a science-type degree, work for a drug company, and I think this seems legit. Claims to be "First blood based biomarker test validated for MS". I suspect that if a small-sized company owns the rights to this test, it will take longer to market it to the medical and MS patient community, get articles published, and whip up publicity etc. It will certainly take a while before MS societies (conservative) get to hear about it - their interest is more in treatments and care of confirmed cases, not necessarily diagnosis.

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