What are the Four Types of Multiple Sclerosis?
- Clearly defined attacks of worsening neurologic condition
- Relapses, or flare-up attacks, followed by partial or complete recovery periods
- No disease progression occurs during recovery periods
- Close to 85 percent of initial patient diagnoses are relapsing-remitting MS
- Slowly worsening neurologic function from initial diagnosis
- No distinct relapses or remissions
- The rate of progression varies over time with occasional plateaus and improvements
- About 10 percent of patients diagnosed with MS have primary-progressive MS
- It tends to develop following initial period of relapsing-remitting MS
- The disease develops steadily during the course, with or without flare-ups, remissions or plateaus
- Prior to disease-modifying medications, an estimated 50 percent of patients with relapse-remitting MS developed secondary-progressive MS within 10 years
- Not enough data is available to determine if treatment significantly delays disease progression.
- Steadily worsening disease from initial diagnosis
- Clear attacks of worsening neurological function
- Patients may or may not experience some recovery following relapses, but the disease continues to progress
- This is a relatively rare type of multiple sclerosis, accounting for only 5 percent of patient cases.
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