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Symptoms of MS? Sjogren’s syndrome?

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possible partial seizures and am on Keppra since one week ago..started on 1000mg and had to cut to 500...cannot get into doc for another month and a half to get results of MRI but have my own copy and have no idea what it all means..I am aware of all the possibilities of what could have been found so will not be surprised..especialy MS or past stroke or damage from high blood pressure..am also in an area that has the highest concentration of brain cancer but do not susspect that but would not be surprised at anything.can ou help and give me an idea of these results.....evdence of rare foci of increased signal on T2 weighted images seen in the white matter of bth hemispheres. There is some mild increased prominence in the mid portion of the temporal horn of the left lateral ventricae compared to the right with a suggestion of some subtle decreased volume of the mid to posterior portion of the hippocampal formation on the left compared to the right. No abnormal signal is seen in the temporal lobes on either side. I also have dry eyes and am being treated with Restasis....Thank you in advance


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replied October 26th, 2006
Epilepsy Answer A1703
According to your MRI-report (…rare foci of increased signal on T2 weighted images seen in the white matter…) you might be experiencing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) but it has to be confirmed with positive evidence of anti-myelin antibodies present in the cerebrospinal liquid. Another segment of the report (“…some mild increased prominence in the mid portion of the temporal horn…”) may suggest a tumor but this must also be confirmed with more images (CT-scan and MRI) because it is not very persuasive evidence.
Dry eyes and fibromyalgia may suggest the presences of Sjogren’s syndrome but several laboratory analyses (sedimentation, rheuma factor, auto-antibodies…) must first be performed before confirmation and diagnosis. Sjogren’s syndrome is often (in 2/3 of cases) associated with other rheumatoid diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus etc.). It can be also associated with some types of tumors. Brain lesions can be also due to rheumatic disease.
You can consult a neurologist and a rheumatologist for more information and to schedule these examinations.

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