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Is multiple sclerosis hereditary?

Is multiple sclerosis hereditary?

Complex: Multiple sclerosis is an issue of genetic susceptibility, not the usual heredity, and risk runs about 3-5% if mother has it, 1-2% if father has it. But without specific environmental triggers, the disease will be unlikely to manifest. ...Read more

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Sclerosis (Definition)

We neurologists employ the term to describe localized damage involving the central nervous system, and sclerosis means scarring. If in many areas, might be multiple sclerosis. If affecting the motor nerve cell, ...Read more


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Multiple sclerosis = demyelination?

Multiple sclerosis = demyelination?

Characteristic: Demyelination refers to damage to the coverings of the nerves in the brain and spinal cord, and is very characteristic of the inflammatory process that occurs in ms. This can also occur in children with hereditary leukodystrophies, and can be associated with acquired neurological disorders. The disease modifying drugs in MS are designed to control demyelination and many work well. ...Read more

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What disease might mimic multiple sclerosis?

What disease might mimic multiple sclerosis?

Several potentials: Cadasil, lupus, arteritis, clippers, pernicious anemia, cervical spondylosis, lyme disease, CNS lymphoma, sjogren's, melas. If you get the point, ms may be hard to diagnose, and often need to exclude other explanations. Patterns may or may not be different, and sometimes it is important to get testing and even several opinions. ...Read more

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Common symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

Common symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

Varies, but often: The disease can present with loss of vision in one eye, electrical tingling on bending the neck, unexplained imbalance or falling, leg weakness and/or spasticity, bladder incontinence, fatigue, double vision, and problems with intellectual function. This can be isolated or grouped, and in 85% if pts symptoms come on rapidly and slowly remit, i.e., relapsing-remitting ms. Start rx asap. ...Read more

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Is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis a type of multiple sclerosis (ms)?

Is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis a type of multiple sclerosis (ms)?

Not similar diseases: Als is very different, and is a disease of "mis-folded proteins" like alzheimers and parkinson's, and all of these affect older people. Ms is an autoimmune disease afflicting younger patients who have hereditary susceptibilities and environmental exposures. Ms can be successfully treated and controlled, but ALS does not respond well to current therapies. ...Read more

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Is multiple sclerosis fatal?

Is multiple sclerosis fatal?

Not usually: Ms is a chronic neurological condition, characterized by episodes of neurological disability of variable severity and recovery. A minority of inidividuals can have a very aggressive course, and become so disabled that they are at risk of secondary medical complications which may be fatal. There are subtypes of MS which are so aggressive that a fatal outcome can happen. Fortunately these are rare. ...Read more

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Is multiple sclerosis preventable?

Is multiple sclerosis preventable?

No: Population studies have suggest that mononucleosis in adolescence, smoking, and possibly childhood obesity are risks for developing ms. However ms is a complex variable disease requiring genetic predisposition along with some environmental trigger(s), possibly influenced by hormones, immune system priming from certain infectious agents. ...Read more

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Optic neuritis (nmo) or multiple sclerosis (ms)? What are the different victims?

Optic neuritis (nmo) or multiple sclerosis (ms)? What are the different victims?

Say what???: This question is confusing! optic neuritis (abbreviated on) is one of many symptoms of ms and results from inflammation in one or both optic nerves. It is one of the most common symptoms of ms and typically causes eye pain and decreased vision in one eye. It does not typically cause complete blindness. Multiple sclerosis (ms) is an autoimmune disorder of the center nervous system. See below. ...Read more

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Can multiple sclerosis be mis-diagnosed?

Not uncommonly: There are several disease states that can mimic multiple sclerosis, and MRI lesions can likewise be misleading. Since this is so very complex, it is best to seek additional opinions from physicians who specialize in the area, as the diagnosis may not always be easy to reach. ...Read more

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Who discovered multiple sclerosis?

Who discovered multiple sclerosis?

Charcot: The French neurologist Charcot is credited with identifying MS as a distinct entity for the first time. ...Read more

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What symptoms of ms multiple sclerosis ?

What symptoms of ms multiple sclerosis ?

Variable: Please consult this site for information on early symptoms of MS http://www.webmd.com/multiple-sclerosis/guide/multiple-sclerosis-symptoms Wish you good health. ...Read more

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What causes tuberous sclerosis?

What causes  tuberous sclerosis?

Genetic mutations: These people have a genetic mutation at one of two loci TSC1 or TSC2 (hamartin and tuberin). A second mutation in a particular cell results in creation of a tumor. No two TS patients are alike and the severity of the illness varies tremendously. It's not curable, but it's often manageable. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is multiple myeloma hereditary?

Is multiple myeloma hereditary?

Rarely: There are a few families where it appears hereditary. Having said this, there are families where more than one individual has the disease and the thought is that this may be due to an environmental cause. ...Read more

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Is multiple sclerosis a hereditary condition?

Is multiple sclerosis a hereditary condition?

In part: Hereditary risk is one factor, but the interplay between genetic background and environment is likely in this disease. Identical twins studies show about a 30% risk for MS if one twin has the disease (certainly not 100%). Population studies show certain ancestry may increase or decrease risk (e.g. Northern european ancestry high, whereas asian, african, aboriginal very low). ...Read more

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Are multiple sclerosis and myasthenia gravis conditions of the neuroglia?

Are multiple sclerosis and myasthenia gravis conditions of the neuroglia?

Neither of them: Neither of these conditions is a condition of the neuroglia. To some extent, glial cells are involved in the repair of damage that occurs in MS. Myasthenia is a condition that occurs at the junction of the nerve and muscle, no glia cells are present there. ...Read more

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What all can mimic multiple sclerosis?

Many conditions: Initially the ms patient goes through many diagnostic considerations. Stroke, drug effects, malingering, viruses, toxic reactions, lupus, pinched nerves, are just some of the common initial concerns. It may take hundreds of tests and repeated bouts before a definite diagnosis can be made. ...Read more

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Is there a benign form of multiple sclerosis?

Is there a benign form of multiple sclerosis?

Tough to predict: The course of ms is variable, and no two patients are ever alike. One might hope, in the end, that the outcome is mild or benign, but it is almost impossible to sort out early in the disease. Many specialists would treat, and modify interventions as time progresses. ...Read more

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What is multiple sclerosis? What is multiple sclerosis?

What is multiple sclerosis? What is multiple sclerosis?

What is MS: Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain, spinal cord, and / or optic nerves. It may cause attacks of symptoms or follow a progressive course. It may affect different areas of the these body parts at different times over many years. It may be either aggressive or benign. ...Read more

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What multiple is sclerosis? What multiple is sclerosis?

Multiple : Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the protective covering around nerves in the spinal cord and brain. I've attached a few good websites below that discuss ms in much more detail. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Multiple Sclerosis (Definition)

A progressive disease that interferes with the functioning of the central nervous system and brain. Symptoms include numbness, impairment of speech and of muscular coordination, blurred ...Read more