Drs Jennifer A. Tracy and Andrew McKeon of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota answer questions about Stiff Person Syndrome including:
- What are the most important symptoms and lab tests to strongly suggest a diagnosis of Stiff Person Syndrome?
- What is the meaning of the GAD65 antibody? Is a positive GAD65 antibody always abnormal?
- Are there other lab tests including the other antibody tests that are closely linked with SPS?
- Is there a genetic component to SPS?
- What would you like primary care providers and general neurologists to do for a patient suspected of having SPS prior to referral to an expert?
- What are some of the conditions that can be confused with SPS, causing a delay in diagnosis?
- How do you approach treatment for a patient newly diagnosed with SPS?
- What is the recent thinking about stem cell transplants for SPS?
- Since SPS is a very rare illness, what would you like to see happen to improve our understanding of the disease and develop more effective therapies?
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