Question: How is CIS treated?

There is no cure for CIS. The FDA has approved medications to manage the symptoms of certain types of MS and patients diagnosed with high-risk CIS may be prescribed one or more of these to delay the onset of MS and manage symptoms.

Can you recover from CIS?

CIS is a chronic disease with an extended trajectory. Also, patients with CIS typically recover from their presenting episode.

How long does a CIS last?

Clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) is a first episode of neurological symptoms that lasts for at least 24 hours. Although some people never go on to experience further neurological symptoms, in others CIS can be the first sign of what may later turn out to be multiple sclerosis.

Does CIS show on MRI?

With CIS, an MRI may demonstrate damage only in the area responsible for the current symptoms; with MS, there may be multiple lesions on MRI in different areas of the brain.

How long does CIS MS last?

Like an MS flare-up, CIS symptoms last at least 24 hours. Women are more likely to get both conditions, and they typically show up in adults under age 50.

Does CIS lead to MS?

CIS doesnt necessarily progress to MS. It may forever remain an isolated event. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, if your MRI detected MS-like brain lesions, theres a 60 to 80 percent chance that youll have another flare-up and an MS diagnosis within several years.

Can CIS last months?

Generally, if you begin to experience one symptom before the others, your first symptom is likely to remain when the others appear. It is not easy to predict when CIS will resolve, but it typically lasts for several weeks and may linger for a few months.

What are the symptoms of CIS?

Symptoms of CIS include:Numbness or tingling.Vision problems, such as double vision.Spasticity or stiffness of the muscles.Difficulty controlling the bladder or bowels.Difficulty with walking and coordination.Muscle weakness.Paralysis.Dizziness.

Can CIS lead to MS?

CIS doesnt necessarily progress to MS. It may forever remain an isolated event. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, if your MRI detected MS-like brain lesions, theres a 60 to 80 percent chance that youll have another flare-up and an MS diagnosis within several years.

How is CIS diagnosed?

Because CIS can have similar symptoms of other nervous system disorders, diagnostic tests will help rule out other causes and confirm a diagnosis. These tests may include a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the brain and spinal cord.

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