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Does primary progressive multiple sclerosis get worse over time?

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Once it starts, PPMS gets worse over time. How fast it happens or how much disability a person will have varies a lot, so it’s hard to predict. Unlike some other types of MS, there are no relapses or remissions.

SOURCES:

United Spinal Association: "Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis: Understanding the Differences."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "What we know about primary progressive MS."

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: "Primary progressive multiple sclerosis: What you need to know."

Holland, N. , 2011. International Journal of MS Care

Multiple Sclerosis International Federation.

Up-To-Date: "Treatment of progressive multiple sclerosis in adults."

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on April 5, 2020

SOURCES:

United Spinal Association: "Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis: Understanding the Differences."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "What we know about primary progressive MS."

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: "Primary progressive multiple sclerosis: What you need to know."

Holland, N. , 2011. International Journal of MS Care

Multiple Sclerosis International Federation.

Up-To-Date: "Treatment of progressive multiple sclerosis in adults."

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on April 5, 2020

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