Integration of diagnosis and therapeutics in the practice of neurology

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By K K Jain MD

New molecular diagnostics are an important addition to clinical and classical diagnostic procedures in neurology. Along with biomarkers, companion diagnostics are contributing to the safer and more effective use of therapeutics. The trend for the combination of diagnostics with therapeutics is useful for some disorders affecting the nervous system such as Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases. The advantages of this combination override some of the limitations and will be an important part of personalized neurology.

Key points

  • Diagnosis-guided therapeutics has improved the management of some neurologic disorders.
  • Advances in brain imaging and the discovery of biomarkers of neurologic disorders are important contributions in this area.
  • There are several advantages, but limitations of combination of diagnosis with therapeutics should also be noted.

In This Article

Historical note and nomenclature
Clinical applications
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