• ladygraycloud ladygraycloud
    January 07, 2009
    What is Dawson Finger?
    ladygraycloud ladygraycloud
    January 07, 2009

    I have just joined and my only info on my MS is Dawson Finger. What is it?

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  • Lisa Emrich
    Health Guide
    January 07, 2009
    Lisa Emrich
    Health Guide
    January 07, 2009

    Hi LadyGrayCloud,

     

    Welcome to MS Central.  There are some greatly supportive people here.  I'm so sorry to hear that you've recently been diagnosed with MS, but at least knowing what it is, now you can know what you're up against.

     

    Dawson's Fingers is a term used to describe a particular type of lesion which is seen on MRI brain images.  Here is a radiology website which discusses Dawson's fingers (as well as lots of other MS-related MRI determinations).

     

    Here's another radiology website which shows images of Dawson's Fingers and gives a little information about where they are typically located in the brain.

     

    Basically, if Dawson's Fingers are seen on an MRI report, then MS would definitely be considered as a possible diagnosis because they are often seen in MS patients.

     

    I hope that this gives you a lead into learning more about the types of lesions which can be found on the MRI scans.  It can be interesting stuff.

     

    Thank you for your question and I'll look forward to seeing you around the community.

     

    Lisa

    • kimberlycrawfordbailey
      June 03, 2016
      My neurologist has felt could also have lupus because of difficulty controlling the MS. I was sent to a rheumatologist because of abnormal labs. After running some lab work I receive a call I'm positive for sjgroens. He asked me if I was sure of the MS, I told him that the MRIS revealed the Dawson's fingers and the radiologist commented clinical sign of MS. Now I'm so confused I have no idea if I could have been misdiagnosed from the very beginning urgently need help to clarify what I actually have before it's too late. The past several years has been very difficult and it seem to be going downhill quickly. With me no longer able to work on the medical bills seem to be piling up but I know I need to find out exactly what it is that I have so that the doctors can be able to treat it appropriately. With all the medical debacle a lot of Physicians have left our area and one that you do see a so packed with having to see patients it is almost as if your run through a drive-thru because they have to see so many patients in a short amount of time just to be able to receive reimbursement enough to cover the operating expenses. I really don't know where to turn any longer I feel like I'm not just at the end of the rope and I've been holding on so long how to tie a knot in the Rope just to be able to hold onto that rope but now the Rope is frayed and coming unraveled. Is there a study that I could participate that could look into what is actually going on within my body on a genetic level? Because if we don't find out exactly what it is but I'm dealing with I'm afraid of what could happen the headaches are so bad and it has to be some sort of an inflammatory response that's causing the headaches. Two days ago my vision split but I wasn't dissing double it appeared that I saw the original imigine and having ghost imiges each side. I have physically gotten to the point that I feel so bad that I don't even feel like getting up to go in to see a doctor. READ MORE
    • Lisa Emrich
      June 04, 2016
      Lisa Emrich
      Health Guide
      June 04, 2016
      Hi Kimberly, I'm sorry that you are having such difficulties. Diagnosis can be tricky sometimes. Your rheumatologist may have questioned the MS diagnosis because Sjogren's can cause neurological symptoms that can be mistaken for MS. Here is an article that explains how Sjogren's can sometimes be misdiagnosed as MS . It's important to get the diagnosis correct because treatments for MS can make Sjogren's worse. Sometimes patients might also have a disease called neuromyelitis optica (NMO) which can be also be mistaken for MS; a blood test helps to diagnosis NMO and distinguish it from MS. You should definitely talk to your doctors more about this. Good luck, Lisa READ MORE

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