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Q: What Diseases Mimic Multiple Sclerosis?

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Vicki, Health Guide
3/16/11 10:14pm

Hi ead,

There are several diseases and conditions that mimic MS. Following is a list by type. I'm not guaranteeing that these are all of them, but it's a pretty good list.

Autoimmune Conditions:



Sjogren's Syndrome

Myasthenia Gravis

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Infectious Diseases:

Lyme Disease

Human T-cell lymphotrophic virus-1


Vascular Diseases:

Stroke Symptoms

Central Nervous System Angitis

Dural Arteriovenous Fistulas


Other Diseases and Conditions:


Vitamin B12 deficiency

Muscular Dystrophy 

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease)





Arnold-Chiari deformity

Mitochondrial Disorder

The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation published an article that talks about these mimicing conditions in detail. This article tells how each condition is similar to MS, and then why it is different.

I hope this list and link provide you with the information you need. If not, perhaps a chat with your doctor would be more helpful. Good luck.

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By ead, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/17/11, First Published: 03/15/11