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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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Prognosis (Definition)

The prognosis is the predicted outcome or "forecast" for a disease or process. It is only an estimate but is likely based on past experience or data taking into account the individual's overall health status. It may suggest progression of disease ...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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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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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 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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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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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 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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Is primary progessive multiple sclerosis always fatal?

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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How does multiple sclerosis progress?

How does multiple sclerosis progress?

Some patterns: Initially, a relapsing remitting course, but without treatment at 10 yrs, 50% become progressive, and 90% @20 yrs. Disability can involve need for walking assistance even wheelchair, but memory loss and fatigue can get progressive. Issue is to stop this progress by using potent agents, such as Gilenya or Tysabri (natalizumab). ...Read more

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Best multiple sclerosis medications?

Interferons ? : There is no best medication , some would suit the patient better than others but interferons are the most widely used for prevention of attacks. ...Read more

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Is multiple myeloma genetic?

Is multiple myeloma genetic?

Yes/No: In a sense all cancer is "genetic" involving changes to the DNA or epi-genetic - changes to DNA modifiers such as methylation. A related question is is multiple myeloma inherited. The answer is sometimes. The risk is about double with a family history. Here is one clinical trial studying this: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00582621 ...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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How to cure multiple sclerosis ms?

NO cure: In medicine cure is not available for most common conditions control of symptoms and prevention of recurrence is possible in the majority of cases of ms. ...Read more

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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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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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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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


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