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Specificity of Barkhof criteria in predicting conversion to multiple sclerosis when applied to clinically isolated brainstem syndromes.

Sastre-Garriga, J; Tintoré, M; Rovira, A; Nos, C; Río, J; Thompson, AJ; Montalban, X; (2004) Specificity of Barkhof criteria in predicting conversion to multiple sclerosis when applied to clinically isolated brainstem syndromes. Arch Neurol , 61 (2) 222 - 224. 10.1001/archneur.61.2.222.

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Abstract

Barkhof criteria have been adopted to demonstrate dissemination in space in the new multiple sclerosis diagnostic criteria because of their high specificity for predicting conversion to multiple sclerosis. One of the 4 Barkhof criteria is the presence of an infratentorial lesion. In clinically isolated syndromes (CIS) of the brainstem (CISB), the infratentorial criterion does not demonstrate dissemination in space, raising the possibility that the criteria may be less specific in CISB, as compared with specificity in other CIS, in which all 4 criteria demonstrate dissemination in space.

Type:Article
Title:Specificity of Barkhof criteria in predicting conversion to multiple sclerosis when applied to clinically isolated brainstem syndromes.
Location:United States
DOI:10.1001/archneur.61.2.222
Language:English
Keywords:Adolescent, Adult, Brain Stem, Cohort Studies, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Male, Middle Aged, Multiple Sclerosis, Myelitis, Optic Neuritis, Predictive Value of Tests
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences

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