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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. James Krick
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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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What is a simple explaination of multiple sclerosis?

What is a simple explaination of multiple sclerosis?

Definition: The most recent thinking reflects the following: >400, 000 people in usa have a disease attacking brain and spinal cord, with average age of onset 30 yrs, and the most common cause of disability in young people. It is an autoimmune mediated disorder occurring in genetically susceptible individuals exposed to specific environmental triggers (without which, the disease is unlikely to develop). ...Read more

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Is there a correlation between erythromelalgia and multiple sclerosis?

Is there a correlation between erythromelalgia and multiple sclerosis?

None that I know: However, just because one has ms, doesn't rule out possibility that additional co-morbidities can crop up, but I am not aware of any non-coincidental relationship. ...Read more

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Is there a relation between later-life dementia and multiple sclerosis?

Is there a relation between later-life dementia and multiple sclerosis?

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. ...Read more

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Is there treatment of multiple scelerosis desease?

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 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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Is there a relationship between multiple sclerosis and dysarthria?

Cause-effect: Damage to the brain from any cause (stroke, trauma, infection, ms, etc) may result in dysarthria. If the part of the brain that is responsible for articulation is damaged, whatever the cause, slurred speech (dysarthria) can result. This is just basic neuro-anatomy. ...Read more

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Is aortic dissection always a result of this syndrome, or are there other causes?

Is aortic dissection always a result of this syndrome, or are there other causes?

No: Certain syndromes such as eds, marfan, and turner predispose to aortic dissection but many other causes exist. A bicuspid aortic valve and recent valve surgery increase the risk of aortic dissection. Aortic dissection also tends to run in families (even if those family members don't have marfan or ehlers-danlos, or one of the other associated syndromes. ...Read more

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Is there a known cause of cholangiocarcinoma?

Is there a known cause of cholangiocarcinoma?

Risk factors: The following is a partial list of conditions that some studies (but not necessarily all) have found to be associated with an increased risk for cholangiocarcinoma (cancer of bile ducts).Chronic liver disease (eg from hepatitis c or alcohol), gallstones, hepatolithiasis (liver stones), primary sclerosing cholangitis, liver fluke infection, obesity, diabetes, congenital bile duct cysts, others... ...Read more

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Is there a relation between later life dementia and multiple sclerosis?

Is there a relation between later life dementia and multiple sclerosis?

Dementia and MS: Sometimes a long history of aggressive or poorly-managed MS can result in symptoms like dementia. Perhaps this could be called "MS dementia". There is no association of MS and Alzheimers disease or other illnesses that are considered causes of dementia. These are distinct illnesses. ...Read more

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Help! is multiple sclerosis a result of single or multiple gene disorder or a chromosomal abnormality?

Help! is multiple sclerosis a result of single or multiple gene disorder or a chromosomal abnormality?

Not genetic mostly: There are no signs that multiple sclerosis is a sign of a chromosome disorder. Although there is likely a genetic component, this appears to be a very small role. This is not the type of disease where if you have the gene, you get the disease. It tends to be sporadic. It is an auto-immune disease where antibodies attack the white matter of the brain and/or spinal cord. ...Read more

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What's the present mortality rate of multiple sclerosi. Are there surgical options for multiple sclerosis?

What's the present mortality rate of multiple sclerosi. Are there surgical options for multiple sclerosis?

Two questions: 1. There is no surgical process that will beneficially help ms, other than possibly deep brain stimulation to control cerebellar tremors. 2. If treated with a potent medication, the lifespan should be similar to a patient without ms. 3. Forget this business with surgery to veins draining from the brain, it is life-threatening and does not work. ...Read more

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There R multiple causes of stillbirth, cord knot, infection, IUGR etc, but in those with unknown causes, is there a theory on what might be thecause?

There R multiple causes of stillbirth, cord knot, infection, IUGR etc, but in those with unknown causes, is there a theory on what might be thecause?

Unknown=unknown: The more advances we make in genetic analysis & general study of fetal development the more of these cases will move from unknown to known. I watched a monitor abnormality during labor turn out to be a baby gripping his cord hard during contractions, causing a dangerous reduction in heart rate.That kid turned out fine, but it points out that sometimes we can't find evidence after the fact ...Read more

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Is there a type of cancer that causes of swollen spleen?

Is there a type of cancer that causes of swollen spleen?

Maybe: Lymphoma is a blood cancer disorder that could make a person's spleen become enlarged. It is very rare to only get cancer in the spleen itself. ...Read more

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Is a "follicular lesion of unknown origin" of the thyroid considered supsicious for cancer?

Is a "follicular lesion of unknown origin" of the thyroid considered supsicious for cancer?

Yes: Maybe the actually diagnosis is "follicular lesions of undetermined significance", which is a very common diagnosis using the new bethesda system. If i had one of these in my neck, i'd be really eager to have it out, but there are variables and your physicain will talk with you about this. ...Read more

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Is there a relation between avascular necrosis and multiple sclerosis?

Yes, But...: Relapses due to multiple sclerosis need treatment, and most commonly we use high dose steroids or acth to reverse the process. In an occasional patient the steroids can cause adverse event, avascular necrosis of hip, shoulder, or knee. This can damage the joint profoundly, with need for joint replacement. Ms doesn't cause on its own. ...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