Prognosis of Multiple Sclerosis


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About prognosis: The 'prognosis' of Multiple Sclerosis usually refers to the likely outcome of Multiple Sclerosis. The prognosis of Multiple Sclerosis may include the duration of Multiple Sclerosis, chances of complications of Multiple Sclerosis, probable outcomes, prospects for recovery, recovery period for Multiple Sclerosis, survival rates, death rates, and other outcome possibilities in the overall prognosis of Multiple Sclerosis. Naturally, such forecast issues are by their nature unpredictable.

Prognosis of Multiple Sclerosis: Variable. Ranging from mild to very serious, depending on exactly which nerves are attacked. Average survival is 35 years after diagnosis. A rare form of acute MS can be fatal quickly.
Prognosis for Multiple Sclerosis: The cause of MS remains elusive, but most people with MS have a normal life expectancy. The vast majority of MS patients are mildly affected, but in the worst cases, MS can render a person unable to write, speak, or walk. 1 ... Most commonly, damage to the central nervous system occurs intermittently, allowing a person to lead a fairly normal life. At the other extreme, the symptoms may become constant, resulting in a progressive disease with possible blindness, paralysis, and premature death.2
Complications: see complications of Multiple Sclerosis

Prognosis of Multiple Sclerosis discussion: The disease is degenerative, often with a fluctuating course. Average life expectancy is 35 years after onset of symptoms. Most people with MS can function effectively; however, a rare form of acute MS can be fatal within weeks. 3

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from NINDS Multiple Sclerosis Information Page: NINDS
2. excerpt from Understanding Autoimmune Disease: NIAID
3. excerpt from Neuromuscular Diseases: NWHIC

Last revision: June 2, 2003

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