Familial multiple sclerosis patients are diagnosed faster than sporadic cases

Takeaway

  • Despite improvements in diagnostic guidelines of multiple sclerosis (MS), sporadic cases have delayed diagnosis in comparison to familial cases of multiple sclerosis.

Why this matters

  • Due to the wide range of presenting symptoms the diagnosis of MS may be prolonged, however, having subsequent family members in a MS family may lead to shorter time from disease onset to diagnosis compared to sporadic MS cases.