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What is relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis?

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Most people with multiple sclerosis -- around 85% -- have this type. They usually have their first signs of the disease in their early 20s. After that, they have attacks of symptoms (called relapses) from time to time, followed by weeks, months, or years of recovery (called remissions).

The nerves that are affected, how severe attacks are, the degree of recovery, and the time between relapses all vary widely from person to person.

Eventually, most people with relapsing-remitting MS will move on to a secondary progressive phase of MS.

SOURCES:

Miller, D. , 2007. Lancet Neurology

Goetz, C. 3rd edition, Saunders, 2007. Textbook of Clinical Neurology,

Rovaris, M. , 2006. Lancet Neurology

Tullma,n M. , 2004. Multiple Sclerosis

Acherio, A. , 2007. Annals of Neurology

Sadovnick, A. , 1993. Annals of Neurology

DeStefano, F. , 2003. Archives of Neurology

National MS Society: "Viruses."

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on August 26, 2019

SOURCES:

Miller, D. , 2007. Lancet Neurology

Goetz, C. 3rd edition, Saunders, 2007. Textbook of Clinical Neurology,

Rovaris, M. , 2006. Lancet Neurology

Tullma,n M. , 2004. Multiple Sclerosis

Acherio, A. , 2007. Annals of Neurology

Sadovnick, A. , 1993. Annals of Neurology

DeStefano, F. , 2003. Archives of Neurology

National MS Society: "Viruses."

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on August 26, 2019

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