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Pitfalls in the Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis

Longitudinal Lesion of Cord

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Release Date:   May 21, 2018
Expiration Date:   May 21, 2020

Estimated Time of Completion:   45 minutes

Description

The signs and symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis, the varied aspects of disease progression, lack of specific biomarkers, and difficult-to-interpret imaging results often lead to diagnostic errors, both misdiagnosis and under diagnosis. With MS, these errors can lead to unnecessary and potentially harmful risks to patients from treatment strategies that are based on incorrect diagnoses. Pitfalls in the Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis Case-Based Series will discuss the criteria for diagnosis and review of guidelines to improve diagnosis rates ultimately, improving patient care.

This case, Longitudinal Lesion of Cord, will review evaluation of a longitudinally extensive spinal cord lesion including differentiate signs for neuromyelitis optic spectrum disorder from MS and treatment of an acute inflammatory longitudinally extensive cord lesion.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the diagnostic evaluation of a longitudinally extensive spinal cord lesion.
  2. List the disease characteristics, signs, and symptoms that differentiate neuromyelitis optic spectrum disorder from MS.
  3. Summarize the recommended treatment of an acute inflammatory longitudinally extensive cord lesion.

Target Audience

The educational activity is intended for neurologists, neurology residents, neuroimmunology fellows, and allied health professionals, including nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Accreditation

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Participants claiming CME credit from this activity may submit the credit hours to the American Osteopathic Association for Category 2 credit.

Activity Director and Faculty

Activity Director

Alexander D. Rae-Grant, MD
Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Faculty

Marissa McGinley, MD
Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

CME Disclaimer

The information in this educational activity is provided for general medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient's medical condition. The viewpoints expressed in this CME activity are those of the authors/faculty. They do not represent an endorsement by The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. In no event will The Cleveland Clinic Foundation be liable for any decision made or action taken in reliance upon the information provided through this CME activity.

Disclosures

In accordance with the Standards for Commercial Support issued by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education requires resolution of all faculty conflicts of interest to ensure CME activities are free of commercial bias.

The following faculty have indicated that they have no relationship which, in the context of their presentation, could be perceived as a potential conflict of interest:

Alexander D. Rae-Grant, MD
Marissa McGinley, MD

All other planners, CME staff, and content reviewers, have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education
acknowledges educational grants for partial support of this activity from:

Abbvie, Inc.
Biogen
Genzyme Corporation

This CME activity was produced by Cleveland Clinic
Center for Continuing Education and
Cleveland Clinic's Mellen Center for Neurology Treatment and Research.