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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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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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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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Is multiple sclerosis progressive and fatal?

Is multiple sclerosis progressive and fatal?

Prog.disease: There is a variant form of MS that is very aggressive that can lead to coma or death. However most of the other forms do not have such a grave prognosis. If left untreated >30 % of patients will develop significant disability within 20->25 years after onset. Life expectancy is shortened only slightly, death usually results from secondary complications. ...Read more

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Is primary progessive multiple sclerosis always fatal?

Not necessarily : Ms has been said to shorten life span, and untreated this is correct, but several studies have supported normal life if appropriate potent meds are employed. Primary progressive ms does not respond well to the usual meds, and mostly symptomatic interventions are used. There are many research projects nowadays, and best to contact a medical school and get involved. ...Read more

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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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How is multiple sclerosis diagnosed?

Detective Work: No one diagnostic study can stand alone to conclusively diagnose ms. A neurologist must be a detective, hunting out clues from symptoms suggesting abnormal function in the brain or spinal cord white matter, of appropriate duration (greater than 24 hours) coupled with abnormalities on examination. Mri, spinal fluid, and certain blood tests. This information can help exclude MS mimickers. ...Read more

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How is multiple sclerosis transmitted?

Genes: Ms has been shown to be associated with mutations in a number of genes, the majority of which appear to regulate the immune system. Among first degree relatives, the risk of ms is increased, but absolute risk is low. Other factors weigh in to the development and expression of this disease other than strictly genetic predisposition. ...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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Which is more serious: multiple sclerosis or lupus?

Which is more serious: multiple sclerosis or lupus?

Hard to answer: Either of these can be a very serious, difficult to treat illness. Some forms of lupus are fairly benign, some cases of MS are quiet without many symptoms. Either can lead to a healthy life with a normal life span though. ...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?

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

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What is multiple sclerosis? What is multiple sclerosis?

Multiple Sclerosis: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001747/.

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What is multiple sclerosis? What is multiple sclerosis?

What is multiple sclerosis? What is multiple sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis : Multiple sclerosis is a neurological disorder in which the brain and spinal cord become the target of our own immune system. The myelin, important brain substance that facilitates brain cell communication, gets damaged in multiple areas over time as result of this inflammatory response. Patients symptoms may vary based on the area affected by the inflammation or demyelination. ...Read more

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What is multiple sclerosis?

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Autoimmune condition: It is a condition where your own immune system attacks the sheaths (myelin) which covers your nerve fibers. Common symptoms include weakness in muscles due to slow/ damaged nerve conduction. Lowering Inflammation in your body via diet, stress reduction, anti-inflammatory supplements may delay, stabilize and improve the condition. ...Read more

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Is there treatment of multiple scelerosis desease?

Yes: Nmss.Org msaa.Org there are several approved therapies. If you have been diagnosed with ms then surely the doctor who made the diagnosis has discussed this with you. ...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 Scoliosis related to Multiple Sclerosis?

Is Scoliosis related to Multiple Sclerosis?

No: Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks nerves and nerve wires in your brain and spinal cord causing many different symptoms. Scoliosis usually refers to excessive curvature of the bony part of the spine and not the spinal cord. Scoliosis can present with pain ...Read more

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How common is multiple myeloma?

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How common is multiple myeloma?

Uncommon: Approximately 1% of all cancers and slightly more than 10 % of blood cancers in the United States. ...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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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 muscular coordination, blurred ...Read more