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Search for a prognostic biomarker in multiple sclerosis: a step in the right direction?
  1. Bruce V Taylor
  1. Correspondence to Professor Bruce V Taylor, Menzies Research Institute, University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS 7005, Australia; bruce.taylor{at}utas.edu.au

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There is a critical need for a prognostic biomarker at the time of the first symptoms of MS that predicts subsequent disability accumulation and thus can guide therapeutic interventions

To date, no biomarker has allowed clinicians to answer the question of what the future holds for their patients with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) with any degree of certainty. In the journal, Rathbone et al1 provide further evidence to support the utility of the ratio of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) immunoglobulin kappa to lambda free light chains (FLC κ:λ ratio), measured at diagnostic lumbar puncture (LP) at the time of CIS, in predicting multiple sclerosis (MS) disease progression out to 5 years post-CIS.

Previously, MRI, clinical features, oligoclonal bands (OCBs) in CSF and serum/CSF neurofilament components have all been advanced as potential …

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