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at what age is too young to have ms?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Never too young: Ms has been diagnosed in infants and toddlers. Rare, but seems to have happened.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is primary progressive ms?

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Dr. Virginia Simnad
Neurology 28 years experience
A subtype of MS: This subtype represents about 10-15% of all ms, tends to occur at an older median adult age. It is characterized by progressive worsening neurological disability for at least 1 year, without relapses, and with MRI findings compatible with demyelinating disease of the central nervous system. Other medical and neurological conditions which may mimic this clinical course must be carefully excluded.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is secondary progressive ms

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Dr. Virginia Simnad
Neurology 28 years experience
See below: Secondary progressive MS is a more advanced stage of relapsing remitting ms. In this stage, individuals experience fewer recognized neurological relapses, and betwen such attacks begin to accumulate measureable worsening of physical or cognitive disability. It is not a distinct form of disease, but part of the spectrum of relapsing ms.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Are there any good treatments for primary progressive ms?

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Dr. Virginia Simnad
Neurology 28 years experience
Not yet: This type of MS behaves differently from relapsing remitting ms, but share some characteristics in common with secondary progressive ms. Recent therapeutic trials have fallen short of showing definitive benefit. Supportive care remains the current main focus. Clinical trials and research however are moving foward.
Canada
A 44-year-old male asked:

What's the age group of been diagnosed with MS is it more and young people or older people?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Multiple ages: MS can affect young people, but it can also wait until middle age to become apparent. Peak onset is 20-30 years, but can occur as last as the 60s (rarely). More women than men are affected.
United Kingdom
A 30-year-old female asked:

Uncle and Gt.aunt both primary progressive MS. If I were to have MS would I have higher risk of primary progressive type?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Not really: You have no statistical risk of MS in spite of problems involving uncle and great aunt, as MS is NOT a genetic disorder, and low chance of primary progressive form as relapsing remitting form is 85% of all presentations, while primary progressive but 9% only.

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