Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) Testing and Diagnosis

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How is ADEM diagnosed?

There is not one specific test that is used to diagnose ADEM. There are several exams and tests that the doctor must look at including:

  • your child's medical history
  • a neurological examination
  • brain MRI scans
  • a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) to make sure there is not an infection in the spinal fluid, such as meningitis or encephalitis
  • an EEG if seizures are suspected
  • blood tests to look for infectious triggers and for other conditions that can be confused with ADEM
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