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Non-specificity of Laboratory Test for Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis

Br Med J 1974; 4 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.4.5944.567 (Published 07 December 1974) Cite this as: Br Med J 1974;4:567
  1. J. Mertin,
  2. D. Hughes,
  3. E. A. Caspary,
  4. A. M. Thomson,
  5. J. B. Foster,
  6. E. G. Stewart-Wynne

    Abstract

    It has been claimed that the inhibiting effect of linoleic acid on the macrophage electrophoretic mobility test provides a specific laboratory method for the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (M.S.) and may also enable susceptible relatives of M.S. patients to be identified. Three trials of the method under double-blind conditions have failed to confirm that the test is diagnostically useful.