Clinical usefulness of cerebrospinal fluid evaluation

Int MS J. 2010 Jan;17(1):24-7.


The importance of analysis of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), especially oligoclonal IgG bands, in the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) and its predictive value in patients with clinically isolated syndromes has recently been evaluated and confirmed in several studies. Despite the focus on magnetic imaging techniques in modern MS diagnostic criteria, evaluation of CSF is of great usefulness both as a diagnostic and predictive tool.

MeSH terms

  • Demyelinating Diseases / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin G / cerebrospinal fluid
  • Multiple Sclerosis* / cerebrospinal fluid
  • Oligoclonal Bands* / cerebrospinal fluid


  • Immunoglobulin G
  • Oligoclonal Bands