“Bright spotty lesions” on spinal magnetic resonance imaging differentiate neuromyelitis optica from multiple sclerosis

Yonezu, Tadahiro; Ito, Shoichi; Mori, Masahiro; Ogawa, Yoshitsugu; Makino, Takahiro; Uzawa, Akiyuki; Kuwabara, Satoshi
March 2014
Multiple Sclerosis Journal;Mar2014, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p331
Academic Journal
The article presents a study which reviews the findings of a spinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in neuromyelitis optica (NMO) and multiple sclerosis to determine whether the bright spotty lesions (BSPs) are a discriminative finding of NMO. An overview of the methods for the study is given. The study suggests that BSLs can aid in distinguishing patients with NMO from those with MS in combination with longitudinally extensive spinal cord lesions.


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