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Cognitive assessment in MS

Prof. Dawn Langdon, Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom

There are several shortcomings of the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS). So, a comprehensive assessment of MS course is an important topic. Cognitive impairment has a major negative impact on the lives of people with MS. However, the clinical response to patient symptoms is not consistent. Cognitive assessment at the start of the disease is helpful in alerting patients to this aspect of MS and in highlighting the importance of activities promoting brain health.

The most prevalent cognitive problems in MS are memory and information processing speed, while language remains largely intact [1]. Cognition is not closely related to other disease variables, such as EDSS, MRI abnormalities [2], disease duration, and phenotype [3]. “Although some think that monitoring MRI is a way of understanding cognition, there is not a direct correlation”, Prof. Dawn Langdon (Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom) mentioned. “Disease duration is also not a g...

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