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Nearly everyone with multiple sclerosis (MS) has signs of lesions in the brain, as shown by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, according to Anthony Reder, MD, a multiple sclerosis specialist and professor of neurology at the University of Chicago Medicine.

But the brain isn’t the only area where lesions can develop — MS can also attack the spinal cord. Because finding these lesions involves more elaborate imaging tests, spinal cord lesions in MS are studied less often. Many people with MS aren’t aware of the role these lesions may play in the disease process.

Researchers, too, have knowledge gaps about this feature of the disease. Filling these gaps may lead to a better understanding of progressive forms of multiple sclerosis.


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