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Who discovered multiple sclerosis?

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Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Charcot: The French neurologist Charcot is credited with identifying MS as a distinct entity for the first time.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
See below: Although the French neurologist, Charcot, discovered the pathological damage of MS, the disease is described within ancient Greek and Roman articles, and was known but not understood in medieval Europe. Charcot's contribution was the finding of axonal transection, the root cause of disability.

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A 25-year-old female asked:

What age do most people discover that they have multiple sclerosis?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Depends on type: Based on current data from health departments, the average age for diagnosis of relapsing remitting ms is 29 or 30 yrs of age.(85% of all ms). The primary progressive form occurs later, from about 35-40 yrs., and the childhood forms are quite variable, perhaps due to an immature immune system.
A 25-year-old male asked:

What is multiple sclerosis? What is multiple sclerosis?

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Dr. Pavle Repovic
Specializes in Neurology
Multiple : Multiple sclerosis (ms) is a disease of the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and optic nerves) that is driven primarily by the immune system. It results in "demyelination", or loss of myelin, which is an insulating and protective cover for the neurons. Without this cover, the neurons can sometimes die, or malfunction, which results in ms symptoms. Because neurons control most body functions, ms symptoms can be extremely variable. The most common symptoms in ms result from the damage to neurons in visual, sensory and motor systems, and manifest as blurry vision, numbness or tingling, and weakness. Typically, the ms manifests in the form of relapses, which is to say, sudden neurological problems, and these patients are said to have relapsing ms. In a subgroup of ms patients, the problems develop slowly, over months or years, and these people have progressive ms. It is possible also to have progressive and relapsing ms at the same time, though this is less common. There is no known cause of ms, but there are approved and effective treatments available for relapsing forms of ms. These treatments do not reverse the damage, but can help prevent future relapses. These should be discussed with your physician in more detail, because they have different mechanisms of action, risks and benefits. For further reading on ms, i would suggest the national ms society website (www.Nmss.Org).

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