Reports of patients and relatives from the CogniCIS study about cognition in CIS: what are our patients telling us?

Dawn Langdon, R. H. B. Benedict, Eva-Maria Wicklein, Karola Beckmann, Sten Fredrikson

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To assess the Multiple Sclerosis Neuropsychological Questionnaire (MSNQ) in patients with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS).


130 European CIS patients and 60 relatives completed the MSNQ.


The mean (SD) MSNQ score for CIS patients was 15.5 (10.8) and for their informants 11.3 (9.6). Neither the CIS patient nor relative MSNQ report scores correlated with any of the cognitive test scores in the Brief Repeatable Battery of Neuropsychological Tests, but they were significantly related to psychosocial scales including depression.


In CIS, patient and relative MSNQ scores are influenced by psychosocial variables rather than actual objective cognitive status. Formal cognitive test assessment is recommended for CIS patients.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-51
JournalEuropean Neurology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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