The past 20 years have seen the proliferation of treatment options for patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) that focus on the physical disabilities caused by the disease. However, patients with MS often suffer from many other symptoms that are unpredictable and can affect the ability of patients to participate in work, home, and/or social activities. Timely diagnosis of clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) and/or MS is crucial as early treatment initiation can decrease relapses and disability and delay the progression of central nervous system damage. However, making a definitive diagnosis can be challenging, since there are no pathognomonic signs or symptoms, physical findings, or laboratory tests. As a result, clinicians rely on magnetic resonance imaging and other methods to make as early of a diagnosis as possible in order to begin effective treatment as early as possible. This initiative will focus on providing the most up-to-date information and treatment strategies in diagnosing, treating, and managing patients in various stages of CIS and/or MS.
These activities are jointly presented by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing.
Supported by educational grants from Biogen, Genzyme, a Sanofi company, and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.
Each module offers:
This activity will feature an expert in the clinical management of patients with MS (and other neuroimmune disorders) who will present and discuss the latest diagnostic approaches and treatment strategies for depression and cognitive dysfunction in this patient population.
This activity will feature an expert in managing patients with MS who will present research in MS pathophysiology and discuss the current understanding of MS subclinical disease and the role of MRI in MS diagnosis and progression.
This activity will feature an expert in MS who will present and discuss the differential diagnosis of patients with MS and other neurologic conditions that can mimic MS, as well as the role that magnetic resonance imaging plays in this process.