The ENT-MS-12 questionnaire and evaluation of otolaryngology symptoms in multiple sclerosis

Takeaway

  • The ENT-MS-12 questionnaire standardizes the reporting of otolaryngology symptoms in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) and highlights associations between symptoms and disease phase.

Why this matters

  • Otolaryngologic symptoms are under-reported in people with MS despite evidence suggesting that they may represent an early relapse sign in people with RRMS; thus, targeted screening tools are required to allow standardized data collection in MS patients.

  • The efficacy of the ENT-MS-12 survey tool may form the basis of further investigation into ear, nose and throat (ENT) symptoms in MS, potentially leading to improvements in clinical management and patient quality of life.