A 48-year-old member asked:
is there a relation between later-life dementia and multiple sclerosis?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Bennett Machanic answered
51 years experience Neurology
Potential is there: Here is the point: ms causes cognitive problems in at least 65% of pts, and this coupled with aging, could create a higher chance of dementia, or worsening alzheimer's as the years go by. So, use a medication that is as potent as you can tolerate, so the chance for deterioration is blunted. This might include tysabri, (natalizumab) gilenya, or bg-12. However, adverse risk management is critical.
Answered on Apr 11, 2016
Dr. Olav Jaren answered
18 years experience Neurology
Dementia and MS: Some people with MS may have a large burden of lesions, either because they did not find a helpful treatment, or because they did not use treatment. There are times when MS can cause symptoms of dementia, although it is normally referred to as MS. This is becoming less common with the greater number of treatments that are available. More than thirty years ago, this was more common.
Answered on Apr 21, 2017
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