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A New Test to Detect Multiple Sclerosis

February 9, 2016

A test titled “MSprecise”, which tests patients’ spinal fluid for troublesome antibodies, will be available to clinicians this year. Nancy Monson discovered a faster way to diagnose a patient with MS, when prior to that it could take doctors up to a year.

Monson described an “attack” as a basic motor function failing, such as losing sight in an eye or losing feeling in a leg while running. “When patients have one attack, doctors tell them to go home and wait for the next attack.” Monson continued, “Can you imagine how much of your brain can be damaged in a year? With a test like this, it helps doctors have confidence that the patient will develop MS (multiple sclerosis), and then (doctors) can treat (patients) sooner.”          

Because of her discovery, Monson was selected for the 2015 Volunteer Hall of Fame for Researchers for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Hall of Fame. She received her award Nov. 11 in Fort Worth, Texas.

In addition to her research, Monson sits on panels for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to decide what research programs to fund and does volunteer work seeking funds to further develop the research in multiple sclerosis, including giving speeches and attending meetings, among others.

For more information about MSprecise, visit here.