Mayo Clinic Laboratory and Pathology Research Roundup: March 21

The Research Roundup provides an overview of the past week’s research from Mayo Medical Laboratories consultants, including a featured article of the week, abstracts, and complete list of published studies and reviews.


Featured Study of the Week

Study Emphasizes Utility of MRI to Help Discriminate Long Myelitis of Neuromyelitis Optica from Sarcoidosis

nmo-featureClinical and radiologic features distinguishing neuromyelitis optica (NMO) and multiple sclerosis (MS) are already well-accepted. However, there are other neurologic disorders that can be difficult to distinguish from NMO, which sometimes results in misdiagnosis—particularly spinal cord sarcoidosis (SCS), an under-recognized cause of long myelitis that commonly mimics NMO. In an unprecedented study, Mayo Clinic researchers have identified clinical, laboratory, systemic, and radiologic features that, taken together, help discriminate SCS from NMO. The study was published in Annals of Neurology.


Published to PubMed This Week

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